In Newfoundland, Shrove Tuesday – today – and pancakes for supper is one of those things.
Here are some things you may or may not have known about Pancake Day:
1. It's another one of those traditions that made its way over from England and Ireland to Newfoundland with our ancestors.
2. In Newfoundland, objects like coins, buttons, rings, strings and other trinkets were inserted into the batter during cooking. Each has a symbolic meaning. For example, the person finding the ring would be the first to marry, while the one biting down on a button would be a seamstress or tailor.
3. Shrove Tuesday varies from year to year. It is the day preceding the beginning of Lent, or Ash Wednesday, and is therefore dependant on where Easter falls, which is based on the cycles of the sun and the moon.
4. ‘Shrove’ refers to the religious rite of being shriven – confessing one’s sins – before the start of Lent.
5. As one is supposed to refrain from eating meat, eggs, milk and butter during the 40 days of Lent, making pancakes became a way of using up all those remaining ingredients left in the house.