Wednesday, March 01, 2006
It's Ash Wednesday today. If you're a Catholic or an Anglican Christian, that's the start of Lent. It's also the day after Shrove Tuesday (in Britain). In other countries, it's Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). The principle however, is the same. You use up all the rich/excessive stuff that you're supposed to give up for Lent, and then slip into 40 days of abstinence till Easter.
In Britain, Shrove Tuesday is also called Pancake Day. Some of the indulgent things that used to be given up for Lent were eggs and milk. So people made pancakes to get rid of it on the Tuesday. But what happens if you've got pancakes left over on the Wednesday...?