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Shrove Tuesday at John Colet School

Miss Marley’s 2nd class celebrated Shrove Tuesday on Tuesday 17th February, cooking and eating the traditonal pancakes, made with a very healthy mixture!

The children learnt that the long buildup to Easter is called Lent.  The day before Lent begins is called Shrove Tuesday.  “Shrove” means being forgiven for wrong-doings.  It happens on a different date each year depending on when Easter is.  This year Shrove Tuesday was on 17 February 2015.

Another name for Shrove Tuesday is Pancake Day.  Long ago this was a day for feasting and having a good time.  People went to church to confess the bad things they had been done and would be’shriven’ or forgiven before the start of Lent.  As rich foods  such as eggs were forbidden during Lent, one way of using them up would be to make pancakes.

The students also leant about how people in France, Iceland, Greece and South America celebrate Shrove Tuesday, and the names they have for the occasion.  More photos on the school Facebook page.