Pancake Day Is Just For Tossers
As far as I know, the UK is unique in celebrating Pancake Day. I may be wrong, but I think it’s just us. Those that don’t know what Pancake Day is, read on. It is better known as Shrove Tuesday and traditionally the day before Lent. Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9. In 2017 Shrove Tuesday will fall on the 28th February.
Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients. Going back to 1619, is the first recorded use of the infamous Pancake. That’s the historical bit out of the way.
To celebrate the day, we have groups of usually sane adults, racing all over the country. Carrying frying pans and tossing the pancakes as they run between two points, the winner being first to cross the line. Sometimes fancy dress is involved and other times it isn’t.
Our Government hold a Pancake Race too ………
The most famous Pancake race takes part in the village of Olney, Buckinghamshire and competitors have to be local housewives. The rules say they must wear an apron and a hat or scarf. Members of Parliament versus The House of Lords. is another famous race. This one really is made up of Tossers. MPs proudly wore the title of “winning tossers” as the annual parliamentary pancake day race was run.
To outsiders, the parliamentary pancake day race must look similar to Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks sketch. They raise money for charity, so it does have a good side. The Commons team stormed to victory in Victoria Gardens outside the Houses of Parliament.