Where did the expression Fat Tuesday come from? When did it start? I don’t remember as a child knowing Shrove Tuesday as anything but Shrove Tuesday.
Well thank goodness for Wikipedia! “Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday; in English the day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning “confess“ You would have thought seeing as I spend so much time in France I would have made the connection…..
Maybe I did know it by another name, Pancake day. We ate our pancakes with sugar and lemon, simple and perfect. Still my favourite way to eat them.
Whatever you or I chose to call it, tonight it’s party time in Hastings, and I’ll confess that I’m going to the ball – Hastings Fat Tuesday 2012