Paczki Day is the Polish version of "fat tuesday". it is the tuesday before Ash Wednesday when Lenty begins. during the time of lent you do not eat rich foods which includes sweets. the fun of fat tuesday was eating all the good rich foods and food items from your pantry lest they spoil. most of those in Poland were farmers so - the paczki is a heavy fruit filled type of donut.
i think you are thinking about Dyngus day for the water and that is on Easter Monday when the girls would douse the boys with perfume and the boys would use water!
The day before the beginning of Lent is known as Shrove Tuesday. To shrive someone, in old-fashioned English (he shrives, he shrove, he has shriven or he shrives, he shrived, he has shrived), is to hear his acknowledgement of his sins, to assure him of God's forgiveness, and to give him appropriate spiritual advice. The term survives today in ordinary usage in the expression "short shrift". To give someone short shrift is to pay very little attention to his excuses or problems. The longer expression is, "to give him short shrift and a long rope," which formerly meant to hang a criminal with a minimum of delay.
On Shrove Tuesday, many Christians make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God's help in dealing with. Often they consult on these matters with a spiritual counselor, or receive shrift.
Why is it called Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday?
As the first answerer said and I think the tradition for making pancakes was born out of wanting to use up the eggs before Lent. And then after Lent would be Easter and eggs would be eaten again. Now it is most likely chocolate eggs though :)
Enjoy your pancakes :)
I like them the old-fashioned English way...home-made of course with plain flour, eggs and milk and after cooking served with lemon juice, sometimes some freshly squeezed orange juice too and a drizzle of sugar.
when they burn the old palms on Shrove Tuesday, have you thought about?
Scapulars and Holy Cards can be reverently burned and the ashes buried. This returns them to the elements (fire, earth, water). An old Irish tradition was to save old sacramentals until June 23, the Vigil of the Feast of St. John the Baptist, and dispose of them in the blessed bonfire they traditionally kindled that night.
Another option would be to sew them on something respectful and keep them as a memento. I'm not sure if clothing falls into this category.
Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday... What is it ?(UK)?
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday ...and pancake day is not a holiday, it's a tradition...
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent - the 40 days leading up to Easter - was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday Christians went to confession and were "shriven" (absolved from their sins). It was the last opportunity to use eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.
This is from the FAQ seation of www.mardigras.com:
Is it true that Mardi Gras is really a pagan holiday?
If you've ever been on Bourbon Street on Mardi Gras, as a drunken mob gathers around a Golden Calf beating drums and blowing horns and shouting "Hail to the Calf!", you won't need to ask that question. There is no doubt that the period of celebration that we call Carnival has roots in pagan end-of-winter and beginning-of-spring rituals reaching back thousands of years. These festivals - some of which can only be described as drunken orgies - existed across most lands that were being overtaken by the Christian Church, and like many other holidays and rites, the Church sought a balance between the old and new. Understanding that the party was not going to stop, the church placed limits on it, decreeing that it could not start until the finish of the Christmas holidays and had to end on the day before Ash Wednesday.
Loran, Shrove Tuesday is The Pancake Fest. It gets its name from the ritual of shriving, when the faithful confessed their sins to the local priest and received forgiveness before the Lenten season began. As far back as 1000 AD, "to shrive" meant to hear confessions. (Trivia note: the term survives today in the expression "short shrift" or giving little attention to anyone's explanations or excuses.) Historically, Shrove Tuesday also marked the beginning of the 40-day Lenten fasting period when the faithful were forbidden to consume meat, butter, eggs or milk. However, if a family had a store of these foods they would certainly spoil by the time the fast ended on Easter Sunday. What to do? Solution: use up the milk, butter and eggs no later than Shrove Tuesday. And so, with the addition of a little flour, the solution quickly presented itself in... pancakes.
Today, the Shrove Tuesday pancake tradition lives on in Western Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia. It is most associated with the UK, where it is simply known as Pancake Day with a traditional recipe that looks to all the world more like a French crepe rather than the 'mile-high' stack so popular on National Pancake Day in America.
why do we eat pancakes on shrove tuesday ( tomorrow )?
Because it's just before lent, so people are meant to use up the ingredients which everyone has in their cupboard so that they can fast over lent. These ingredients are flour, eggs and milk. Boom - pancakes.
Although even some Christians don't give up everything over lent anymore, the tradition still stands so we eat pancakes on shrove tuesday. :-) xxxxxxx
"In the Christian calendar, Shrove Tuesday is the English name for the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which in turn marks the beginning of Lent. In many solidly Roman Catholic countries in Europe and the Americas, this is the last day of Carnival. In some historically Francophone places it is Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday; the most famous Shrove Tuesday celebration is the Brazilian Carnival.
"It is also known as Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday in Britain, Ireland, Australia, and Canada.
"The origin of the name Shrove lies in the archaic English verb 'to shrive' which means to absolve people of their sins. It was common in the Middle Ages for 'shriveners' (priests) to hear people's confessions at this time, to prepare them for Lent."
Is the post office open on Lundi Gras (the day before Shrove Tuesday-Mardi Gras)?
The main post office in New Orleans says both Monday 02/19 and Tuesday 02/20 are holidays for all of the post offices in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. They stated the nearest open offices would probably be in Laplace or maybe Slidell. The USPS toll free number is 800-275-8777. The website is: www.usps.gov
Shrove Tuesday is the term used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia to refer to the day after Shrove Monday (or the more old fashioned Collop Monday) and before Ash Wednesday (the liturgical season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday). In these countries, particularly Ireland, and amongst Anglicans, Lutherans and possibly other protestant denominations in Canada, this day is also known as Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday, because it is customary to eat pancakes on this day. In other parts of the world—for example, in historically Catholic and French-speaking parts of the United States and elsewhere—this day is called Mardi Gras. In areas with large Polish-immigrant populations (for example, Chicago and Detroit) it is known as Paczki Day. And in areas with large German-immigrant populations (for example, Pennsylvania Dutch Country) it is known as Fasnacht Day (also spelled Fausnacht Day and Fauschnaut Day).
The French also have a festival associated with pancakes (crêpes) which is held on February 2 each year. This festival is called Chandeleur and is a celebration of light (the name is derived from the word "chandelle" which also gave the English word "candle". The festival is known as Candlemas in English). It is thought that pancakes are associated to this celebration because of the solar symbolic of their shape and color. A traditional food for Mardi Gras are sweet fried dumplings, cenci, usually served in the shape of a loose knot (a 5cm wide, 20cm long strip of dough one extremity of which is passed through a slit in its middle.) In New Orleans the traditional food is king cake.
The reason that pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent is that the 40 days of Lent form a period of liturgical fasting, during which only the plainest foodstuffs may be eaten. Therefore, rich ingredients such as eggs, milk, and sugar are disposed of immediately prior to the commencement of the fast. Pancakes and doughnuts were therefore an efficient way of using up these perishable goods, besides providing a minor celebratory feast prior to the fast itself .
The word shrove is a past tense of the English verb "shrive," which means to obtain absolution for one's sins by confessing and doing penance. Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the shriving (confession) that Anglo-Saxon Christians were expected to receive immediately before Lent.
Shrove Tuesday is the last day of "shrovetide," which is the English equivalent to the Carnival tradition that developed separately out of the countries of Latin Europe. In countries of the Carnival tradition, the day before Ash Wednesday is known either as the "Tuesday of Carnival" (in Spanish-speaking countries, "Martes de Carnaval," in Portuguese-speaking countries, "Terça-feira de Carnaval", in German "Faschingsdienstag") or "Fat Tuesday" (in Portuguese-speaking countries "Terça-feira Gorda", in French-speaking countries, "Mardi Gras," in Italian-speaking countries, "Martedì Grasso"). In Estonian, Mardipäev.
The term "Shrove Tuesday" is not widely known in the United States, especially in those regions that celebrate Mardi Gras on the day before Ash Wednesday.
Do protestants celebrate lent, shrove Tuesday, ash Wednesday or good Friday?
Also Episcopalians do also as well as many denominational churches. I don't think most of them emphasize giving up anything for Lent the way the Catholic church does. Some denominational churches and most independent evangelical or charismatic churches do not except for Good Friday. The reason is most evang./charismatic churches do not follow the liturgical church year calendar except for the Christmas season, and Good Friday/Easter. This probably historically has to do with not following church traditions that aren't explicitly in the New Testament.
Shrove Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It's a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins.
Shrove Tuesday is probably the Christian festival that the family enjoys most, after Christmas, of course.
But there's more to Shrove Tuesday than pigging out on pancakes or taking part in a public pancake race. The pancakes themselves are part of an ancient custom with deeply religious roots.
Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians used to undergo in the past. In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them.
When a person receives absolution for their sins, they are forgiven for them and released from the guilt and pain that they have caused them.
In the Catholic or Orthodox context, the absolution is pronounced by a priest.
This tradition is very old. Over 1000 years ago a monk wrote in the Anglo-Saxon Ecclesiastical Institutes:
In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him.
Shrove Tuesday celebrations
Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it's the last day before Lent.
Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren't allowed in Lent.
Giving up foods: but not wasting them
In the old days there were many foods that observant Christians would not eat during Lent: foods such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods.
So that no food was wasted, families would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that wouldn't last the forty days of Lent without going off.
The need to eat up the fats gave rise to the French name Mardi Gras; meaning fat tuesday. Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.
The origin of pancake racing
Pancake races are thought to have begun in 1445. A woman had lost track of the time on Shrove Tuesday, and was busy cooking pancakes in her kitchen.
Suddenly she heard the church bell ringing to call the faithful to church for confession. The woman raced out of her house and ran all the way to church; still holding her frying pan and wearing her apron.
Going for gold in the pancake olympics
One of the most famous pancake races is held at Olney in Buckinghamshire over a 415 yard course. The rules are strict; contestants have to toss their pancake at both the start and the finish, as well as wearing an apron and a scarf. The race is followed by a church service.
Since 1950 Olney has competed with Liberal in Kansas, which holds an identical race, to see which town can produce the fastest competitor. After the 2000 race, Liberal was leading with 26 wins to Olney's 24.
Banana and Pecan Pancakes with Maple Butter
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup pecans, toasted and finely ground (not chopped)
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
3 bananas, peeled and sliced in 1/4-inch circles
Maple Butter, recipe follows
Confectioners' sugar, to garnish
Candied Pecans, to garnish
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl whisk the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla together so they are well combined. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and sugar. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry and stir with a spoon to get rid of the lumps. Fold in the pecans, most of the melted butter and whisk until batter is smooth. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium low heat and swirl around a little melted butter to keep the pancakes from sticking. Using a ladle pour the batter into the pan, see Cook's note*
Cook the pancakes on 1 side until they are set and then lightly press the bananas into the batter. When small bubbles appear on the uncooked surface, flip the pancakes and cook until golden on both sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer pancakes to a warming plate in the oven while you make the rest.
To serve, slice the maple-honey butter, layer it between the stack of pancakes and place in the oven to melt for 1 1/2 minutes. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and candied pecans.
*Cook's note: The trick to perfect round pancakes is pouring all the batter in the same spot and letting it roll out to a complete circle.
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons honey
1 piece parchment or greaseproof paper
In a mixing bowl, using a spatula mash the butter with the maple syrup and honey until well blended. Roll it up in the paper, like a tube and twist the ends. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Yield: 6 servings
How does the Orthodox church celebrate Shrove Tuesday?
Peace be with you,
In the Coptic Orthodox Church, Lent begins on a Monday as it is 55 days long so we have no such Tuesday sorry.
Regarding the length of the fast, there are 7 days for the fast of Holoferns, 40 days for the regular Lent, 7 days prior to the Lord's Passion plus Bright Saturday which is the only Sabbath Orthodox Christians are permitted to fast on.
Can't speak for other jurisdictions sorry however believe the Greeks have something called "Meat Faire" and another for cheese but you would have to ask them sorry.
Go to wiki and search shrove tuesday. It tells all.
Basically it is the start of lent, and we eat pancakes because they used to eat them to use up all the ingredients they weren't allowed over lent, so flour, eggs, etc.
What Is The Meaning Of Shrove Tuesday And Ash Wednesday?
Shrove Tuesday is where you tell people your sins that you committed and ask for forgiveness
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the fast. You give up something you enjoy for 40 days and 40 nights. It lasts until Easter
Could an Catholic Ash Wednesday Mass be held licitly on the evening of "Shrove Tuesday"?
Ash Wednesday is NOT a day of obligation for Catholics although it is one of the most well attended.. In the US, there is no rule from any of the American Bishops forbidding a Shrove Tuesday observance. (don't know about europe or the rest of the world). In fact, because of the recent changes reuniting Catholics with Anglicans, this might be a good outreach because "Shrove Tuesday" is more famous as a Anglican and Lutheran obserbvance than a Catholic observance. A liturgical day is marked by the Jewish practice of the "night before", although more observant Jews would say it is sundown the night before.
It is sad, out there is one answer that may be based on self-righteous prejiduce. Lent and Ash Wednesday is NOT just a Catholic tradition. Even though I am Episcopal, last night I went to a pancake dinner with my Lutheran neighbors, this morning I recieved ashes with my Church of God friends, and at Noon I will be attending an interfaith Christian observance. MANY Christian denominations mark Ash Wednesday.
African Methodist Episcopal Church , African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church,Anglican/Episcopal churches, Many Baptist churches, Catholic Church, Church of God (Anderson),Church of the Nazarene, Some congregations of Community of Christ, Many Evangelical Free Churches , Lutheran Church, Reformed churches (Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), etc.), United Methodist Church, Wesleyan Church
1 this is a period of time for reflection about our lives and our relationship with God.
In my tradition (Episcopal), the priest says, "Turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel." Mark1:15 although most Catholic, Lutheran, AME and Methodist and Presbyterian churches I have visited say "Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return". Genesis 3:19
2 reflect on the concept that sin seperates us from God's will and Prayer reunites us with God's grace.
3 reflect that sin is not just physically doing bad things. It is also our thoughts and words as well as our deeds. It is not just killing stealing or having adultry, it is also cursing that person on the freeway that cuts us off and it is holding grudges against our friends and relatives.
It is not just the things we have done, but also the things that we have left undone. It is standing by when someone goes hungry, it is remaining quiet when injustice is done.
sending out a warm hello to ALL Christians who observe Ash Wednesday and lent!
EDIT: Natasha is WRONG. the name comes from the Italian carne levare or similar, meaning "to remove meat", since meat was prohibited during Lent. The word might also come from the Late Latin expression "carne vale", which means "farewell to meat", signifying that those were the last days when one could eat meat before the fasting of Lent. Yet another translation depicts carne vale as "a farewell to the flesh' meaning that this was the last time before we should return to a state of introspection and that we should deny pleasures of the flesh.
@Natasha. The faith community are NOT the people that are out in the streets drunk and carousing at Mardi Gras. You accuse Catholics of being the people having sex and being drunk. That is mostly the secular community who have siezed the event and made it their own. And if they choose to have a good time, that's their choice.
I DO agree with you about the Easter Bunny, Easter eggs and perhaps the NAME Easter, but it is OBVIOUS the date of Christian Easter is because Jesus was crucified during the Jewish Passover season which is observed because death passed over the Jews in Egypt.
You can't explain these without explaining Lent. Lent is a special time when we prepare for Good Friday and Easter. We prepare by paying more attention than usual to our lives as Christians.
Shrove Tuesday is a day when people used to eat and celebrate a bit before starting Lent. During lent we often give something up such as candy or television. We do this for 2 reasons: a) this helps strengthen our willpower for when we really need to say no to temptation. Just like throwing a basketball or doing math, saying no is something we get better at with practice. Saying no to a chocolate bar or our favourite TV show is hard but it helps us prepare for when we are faced with even greater temptation (perhaps in our teenage years.)
Reason 2) Just as Jesus sacrificed his life for us, we make a small sacrifice to be a bit like him, to show how we appreciate his sacrifice.
We also try to do extra prayer and, if age appropriate, bible study during lent. Jesus gave up the chance to live a normal life, marry etc. so he could devote his life to spreading the teachings of God, teaching people to love one another, not judge harshly, forgive etc. During lent we try to study those teachings even more than usual. We also try to do extra good works (help others, treat everyone in a very Christian manner) so we can continue to do what Jesus was doing here on earth. Just as practicing saying 'no' is important, making an extra effort to follow Christian behaviour will have a long term effect on our behaviour.
We want to be like this all the time but these special times of the year (Lent and Advent) help us as we all have a slight tendency to get careless in our behaviour. These times give us a chance to get back on track or develop as Christians should.
why do we celebrate pancake day or shrove tuesday?
Christians decided to have a period of remembrance for 40 days before Easter. During this time, the would abstain (except on Sunday) from meat or eggs. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent starts so it was also the last day people could eat eggs - so they used the ones they had left to make pancakes and have a bit of a final celebration.
Easter was originally celebrated on the Sunday after the Jewish Passover. As the Jews used a calendar based on the moon, Easter comes after the full moon. Passover is always in Spring so Easter also always comes after the spring equinox.
The day before the beginning of Lent is known as Shrove Tuesday. To shrive someone, in old-fashioned English (he shrives, he shrove, he has shriven or he shrives, he shrived, he has shrived), is to hear his acknowledgement of his sins, to assure him of God's forgiveness, and to give him appropriate spiritual advice.
From http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/custom.html?year=1861&country=1&cols=3&hol=12313&df=1 we learn that Feb 13, 1861 was Ash Wednesday therefore 12 February 1861 is Shrove Tuesday. If you credit 12 April 1861 (firing on Fort Sumter) as the beginning of the Civil War then this would be two months before the beginning of the war. The cited web-site provides a nice calendar of 1861 with as many holidays as you care to ask for.
Why do christians make pancakes on shrove tuesday ?
Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the start of Lent. During Lent people are supposed to fast and abstain from rich foods, treats etc. Pancakes were a way to get rid of the last of those types of ingredients and also eat something nice on the last day when it was allowed.
Not all Christians make pancakes though, it depends on the church and also the country they live in. Pancakes are an Irish or maybe British tradition I think.