why do we have pancake day 2013

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is a special day celebrated in many countries around the world. It is celebrated in English-speaking countries like the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada. In some countries, like France and the USA, it is called 'Mardi Gras' or 'Fat Tuesday'. In other countries, like Spain, Italy or Brazil, Shrove Tuesday is at the end of Carnival. On this day many people eat pancakes, a thin, flat cake made in a pan. Pancake Day is always on a Tuesday in February or March. It is the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Lent is a period of 40 days before Easter when people often give up or stop eating things that are bad for them like chocolate or fast food. At the end of Lent is Easter.

Easter takes place on a different date each year because it depends on the moon. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. Traditionally, during Lent, people didnt eat rich foods like butter and eggs, so they made pancakes from these ingredients on Shrove Tuesday. Another tradition on Pancake Day in the UK is pancake racing. People run in a race with a pancake in a pan. As they run, they have to toss the pancake (throw the pancake in the air and catch it in the pan) several times. In some pancake races people dress up in fancy dress costumes. The most famous pancake race takes place in a town called Olney, in the middle of England.

People say that Olney has been celebrating pancake races since 1445! Pancakes are very easy to make. Try our recipe. Fill one cup with flour and put into a bowl. Fill another cup with milk and pour into the bowl. Crack the egg into the bowl and whisk the flour, milk and egg until the mixture is smooth. Put a very small amount of butter or oil in a pan, and when it is hot, put some mixture in the pan and move the pan to make a thin pancake. After one minute hold the pan carefully and throw or toss the pancake in the air to turn it over. Now cook the pancake on the other side. When the pancake is ready, squeeze some lemon juice and put some sugar on it and eat it immediately.

If you dont like lemon juice, eat them with jam, chocolate sauce or ice cream. PMmm, delicious!
Every year, England celebrates pancake day or Shrove Tuesday, also known as pancake day, and today, February 12, 2013 is England's annual day to enjoy the sweet breakfast treat. The day occurse 47 days before Easter Sunday. "Because the date of Easter Sunday is dictated by the cycles of the moon, Pancake Day can occur anytime between February 3 and March 9," reported Time Out London. Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before lent, and traditionally, lent is a period of abstinance and is known for clearing cupboards of things such as eggs, sugar and fats, so things to make pancakes with.

In traditional English fashion, it's not enough to just eat them, they also have pancake races around London. Some pancake races across the UK are for fundraising and participants in the races have to toss pancakes in a frying pan while they compete the course. One of the most famous in London is the Great Spitalfield's Pancake Race. Allinlondon. com said about the race, "Bring your own frying pan and we'll provide the pancakes. The race will be run along Dray Walk at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane and all you have to do is toss the pancake a couple of times en route. The heats will start at 12. 30pm followed by the finals and the prize giving. The winners will receive a beautifully engraved - you've guessed it - frying pan!

The best dressed team will also receive a prize. And there will be prizes for runners up and scrumptious pancakes for all entrants. " There is also a parliamentary pancake race for members of the house of parliamant. During the race the members of the house and members of the press race to raise funds and awareness for Rehab UK a brain injury charity. The race takes place ain the grounds of Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster. For those that don't want to race but would rather just eat, there are a number of restaurants in London offering up the breakfast treat. Try, that has a number of locations around London for all day pancakes.