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Did you know today is Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday?
Yummy!!!! Today is Pancake Day! Are you going to make some?
So, today is Shrove Tuesday and tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. It all relates to the Christian festival of Lent.
"Shrove" is the past tense of "shrive" which the Oxford English Dictionary defines as "presenting oneself to a priest for confession, penance, and absolution".
It's basically the day in which Christians traditionally confess their sins in church ahead of Lent. What's Lent? It's a Christian festival and the roots come from people replicating the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ over the 40-day journey he made through the desert.
A lot of people use Lent as a way of testing their willpower - often giving up things like chocolate or other sweet treats before Easter. That's why they would eat pancakes on the day before Lent started, because they contained eggs, flour and milk which were once very common things to give up for Lent.
It's a very popular tradition here in Great Britain. Why don't you have a go at making some? Look at worksheet 14
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