Shrove Tuesday
 // Celebrate!

The day before Ash Wednesday is known as Fat Tuesday or, if you grew up across the pond, Shrove Tuesday—and it’s a day to INDULGE! Most people know about Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, but what you may not know is that historically there has been a purpose behind this party, despite the lack of purpose that this day seems to currently possess.

The purpose of this day is to indulge a bit in all the things you are planning on giving up. Eat some extra candy, drink all the coffee you can, watch all the TV your mind can handle and most importantly, party with your friends! (I might add, in a way that doesn’t break any commandments! We are Christians, after all!)

IT’S FAT TUESDAY!

Until a couple of years ago, I had never heard of Shrove Tuesday or its traditions. While I lived in Nashville, however, I was fortunate to be in a community group with a great family from across the pond, and they introduced me to Shrove Tuesday and some of these crazy traditions.

The deal is that traditionally all the families would bring their flour, sweets and other goodies that might not keep over Lent and eat it all! During Lent, they wanted to refrain from foods they enjoyed and that gave them the most pleasure as a way to embrace the season of Lent. It’s my understanding that because the typical things they brought to purge themselves of—butter, flour, sugar, etc.—were mostly the goods to make pancakes, that’s what they made … and that’s what they played!

As you can see in the video above, we practiced some pancake games ourselves. It was such an amazing time of fun and fellowship. I miss my Nashville community group and will be looking to have some fun tonight in Texas!

Here's is what i ate for lunch... Let the Pancake festivas begin!

 

I would encourage you to start a tradition with your community. Flip some cakes, have a party, do something fun because Lent is coming.

So yea, INDULGE!

What are you giving up this year?

Eat up, drink up, make it count!

Grace and peace

Erik