Pancake Day is one of the names for today. Other more common days are Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). Traditionally, in Christian countries it is the last day before the beginning of Lent which is a season meant to demonstrate abstinence and fasting. Pancake Day originated in the United Kingdom and was called such since pancakes were one food that used the rich ingredients (fat, eggs, cream) that were off-limits during the fasting season of Lent.

Whatever you call it, today is the day – the last day to do or have whatever is considered decadent, rich and over the top before succumbing to the frugal and puritanical ways of Lent. The Big Picture has some really awesome scenes of carnival from around the world. Check it out as the imagery is wonderful.  Whether you’re eating pancakes today or chocolate or having that last drink before tomorrow, enjoy – Happy Pancake Day to you!