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It’s the last hurrah today. The last chance to fill your face with the sweets or other goodies that you are depriving yourself of during Lent. The last chance to do the things that you will refrain from doing during Lent. “Mardi Gras” or “Fat Tuesday” is also known around the world as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. It is the day when traditionally kitchens and cupboards are cleaned of their sugar, eggs and other “sweet” ingredients and people party in a last ditch effort to fill themselves to excess in order to prepare for the austere and reflective season of Lent.

The most famous of Mardi Gras celebrations take place in this country in New Orleans where a huge parade takes place and celebrating extends into the night and in Brazil in Buenos Aires where it is referred to as “Carnevale”, an equally elaborate celebration.

In some cultures, people eat pancakes on this date in order to use up the ingredients on hand which will not be used during the Lenten period of 40 days.

Enjoy your Mardi Gras however you may choose to celebrate it.

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Today is the day that is renown for pigging out, for excesses. Today is called many different things, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras (which means “Fat Tuesday”). It is the day traditionally that all the flour and other fattening foods are used in the house to prepare for the forty days of Lent, which begins tomorrow. In some parts of the world, it is also called Pancake Day, since many cultures use up their flour to make pancakes that day.

Whether you choose to “pig out” and party on this day (many of us are working so I don’t know how much partying is going on for a Tuesday following a long weekend) or simply celebrate the day quietly or not at all, it seems a good day to make breakfast for dinner. Pancakes, easy, simple – my boys’ favorite dinner when Mom’s not home to cook.

Enjoy the day – Joyeux Mardi Gras!

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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!

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