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fat tuesday

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Definition: Fat Tuesday is the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply Fat Tuesday in French. It gets its name from the custom, in many Catholic countries, of marking the day with feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins.
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  • DOOBRIE
    My family and friends have always called it Pancake Day but I forgot to make them this year!
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    3289 days ago
  • LITTLEWIND53
    This year is the first time I ever heard of "Fat Tuesday" Growing up it was called Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.

    My sister looked it up and said it got it's name from not being able to use fat during lent so households had to use up all the fat they had as they couldn't even have it around for the duration of lent....

    Love pancakes but did not have any this year. Trying to cut my carbs
    3292 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7793680
    Great information. Thanks so much for sharing!


    3292 days ago
  • KELLEHER27
    Oatmeal pancakes.. I remember Lent better than Fat Tuesday growing up. Lutheran neighbor introduced me to Shrove Tuesday. Why not? Breakfast for dinner is always yummy!
    3293 days ago
  • KMICHA
    Interesting where the words and traditions come from! Thanks for sharing!
    3293 days ago
  • ANNIES-APPROVED
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    yep, it's Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday, in the UK, Courti, & that started WAY back in the medieval days. In one of my ancestral countries (Scotland) it was oatcakes (love oatmeal, btw- in fact, that's what I had for breakfast today). My mother claims we have Irish in us too, on my mother's mother's side & I've married a man with Welsh in his blood, sooo... there's a lot a pancake tossin' around here!! hahahahaha!!
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    Oh!! I'm back!! I meant to tell you that I ***L*O*V*E*** your background pic!! Okay... better scoot!! ::SQUEEZE::
    3293 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/21/2012 11:52:01 AM
  • -COURT-
    i didn't even know what fat tue was until i looked it up.
    3293 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10172547
    Yep, feasting today to prepare for tomorrow's fast. I think that Fat Tuesday also denotes that we had to use up the lard before Lent, because we could not use it during that time. At least, that is what I was taught in CCD growing up!
    3293 days ago
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