Pancake Day UK, Mardi Gras USA and Celebrations

Did you know that Mardi Gras in New Orleans has the same origin as our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day?

Shrove Tuesday is the day before the start of the Christian tradition of Lent, 40 days of fasting before Easter.

In the US it's called Mardi Gras or 'Fat Tuesday'. Originally meat was not eaten during Lent and the meat fat had to be used up before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

The French connection? A settler from France arrived in the area which is now New Orleans in 1699 the day before the Lent fast began, on Mardi Gras. In 1703 the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile held the first celebration of Mardi Gras. By 1875 ‘Fat Tuesday’ was declared a public holiday in Louisiana and the annual Mardi Gras parades with floats and a carnival atmosphere established.

Pancake Day in the UK is celebrated traditionally by making and eating a variety of pancakes, stacking and flipping competitions, and 
pancake races, all very different to the New Orleans experience!

Created On  27 Feb 2017 13:18 in Events and Activities  -  Permalink


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