Carnival- from the Latin Carne Vale- farewell flesh. The carnival season actually begins on Epiphany, hence the King Cake tradition, and ends today- on Fat Tuesday. I COULD draw some political metaphors – but this is supposed to be the last day of fun and festivity for 40 days.
Today is also known as Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Tuesday. Lots of different resources on the Web for history and origins of Carnival, Fat Tuesday and Lent. Most agree that Fat Tuesday was the day folks would use up their dairy products in preparation for the season of fasting beginning tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, so pancakes became a tradition- using the eggs and butter and milk.There are some sources that say Fat Tuesday was a day a whole fattened calf was prepared and consumed. Either way, it is the day for rich foods, feasting and frolicking before the austerity of the Lenten season.
My family will have pancakes, bacon and eggs and we will break open a jar of my homemade Black Raspberry jam to top the pancakes. Lots and Lots of butter on the pancakes!!!! Then we will take last years palms to the church to be burned for tomorrow’s ashes.
What are you having today? Are you celebrating with special foods? Share in the comments!
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