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Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day

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Subject: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: open mike
Date: 22 Feb 09 - 07:45 PM

I am planning on baking semlor, or Shrove Tuesday almond paste buns next week.

The day is celebrated in various ways around the world..
where people eat rich foods, party and generally experience
excess prior to "giving it up for lent" on Ash Wednesday.

Swedes eat rich cardamom buns with almond paste and whipped cream
inside, often served in a bowl of warm milk. Semla, plural = semlor.

This is the same day that Mardi Gras (which is French
for Fat Tuesday) is celebrated in New Orleans, and Carnival is
celebrated in Brazil and other countries.

In England there is Pancake day.

Do you celebrate this in your area?
Any other information about this event, or tradition.

I think there is something about consuming the last supplies
of "fat" (bacon grease? butter?) in order to prepare for the new season.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake
From: Janie
Date: 22 Feb 09 - 10:16 PM

My church (Episcopal) has a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. At the end of the supper, we burn the crosses and braids we made from palm leaves on Palm Sunday the previous year, and we sing hymns softly as the palms burn.   The ashes are then used to mark our foreheads during the Ash Wednesday services to mark the beginning of Lent.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake
From: Bill S from Adelaide
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 05:34 AM

I thought the ingredients of pancakes are avoided during Lent so they are used up as they won't keep. We had a morris tour of pancake establishments many years ago in Sydney but I couldn't convince Pancakes on the Rocks that there was a Pancake Day! Unlike Brisbane where it was a major event with city streets closed (Is it still so?)
Wassail
Bill


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: open mike
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 03:22 AM

I saw an article that mentioned there were soccer games in england and
some streets were closed to allow the games to be played .


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: SteveMansfield
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 03:45 AM

I saw an article that mentioned there were soccer games in england and
some streets were closed to allow the games to be played .


Were?

Games are still current in Ashbourne in Derbyshire, Corfe in Dorset, Alnwick in Northumberland, and probably many others I can't think of OTTOMH. Shop windows will be boarded up and various bits of street furniture put into storage at this very instant ...


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: Noreen
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 04:51 AM

Pancake race today in Alcester, Warwickshire

(Shame I'll be at work.)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST,chris cole
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 05:48 AM

We live near Ashbourne in Derbyshire, scene of the famous "football" game. Surely, this is one of the oldest Shrovetide celebrations in the UK and the first recorded instance was in 1400. It is often cited as the source of the term "local derby" as the game is contested by the "uppards" and "downards", who live either side of the Henmore brook, which runs through the town.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: SylviaN
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 11:00 AM

Yes, the ball was "turned up" at 2 p.m. this afternoon. I shall be there to watch it tomorrow. We had a "hug" in front of our house a couple of years ago, but, unfortunately, we weren't at home to see it.

For more information, go to this website.

Cheers

Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 10:47 PM

We observed the day by having a Louisiana dinner. Chicken and andouih (sp) sausage in a tomato sauce. Dessert was cookies made with sorghum - the syrup, not the flour.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: SylviaN
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 10:10 AM

Well, we tried to keep out of the Shrovetide Wednesday Ball, but it just kept following us. Lovely crowd.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: Wheatman
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 02:40 AM

Just got back from Germany (Walldurn) having spent 5 days at Carnival with German Straw Bears, brilliant. It all ends on Shrove Tuesday.
There was Shrove Tuesday football in my home town of Chester-le Street, Co Durham, but it was banned.
Perhaps I should have revived that event and not got distracted with Straw Bears?


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST,banjoman
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 04:54 AM

I was always told that pancakes were traditionally cooked over a fire made from the decorations (and the tree) used last Christmas. However, as the tradition of the tree in this country does not go back very far, its probably an old wives (or mothers in this case) tale


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Feb 16 - 01:33 PM

Good coverage of this year's Ashbourne Shrovetide hugball game in the Guardian.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: Mr Red
Date: 11 Feb 16 - 02:48 PM

did anyone sing the "Wild Shrover" ?


I'll get my coat................


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 02:30 PM

Has anyone else heard of this tradition?


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: mg
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 03:38 PM

I was in Quebec City for Carnival one year. People dressed up like onions and carried canes that looked like peppermint sticks but you could drink out of them, and they did. It was quite interesting...


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 19 Feb 17 - 03:06 PM

Looking ahead a week or two!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: keberoxu
Date: 20 Feb 17 - 12:24 PM

Don't recall ever eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Feb 17 - 01:49 PM

Oh keberoxu, you must eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and with proper Maple syrup as well. You are missing out on a right treat.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: keberoxu
Date: 21 Feb 17 - 12:59 PM

Lent starts on the late side this year.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: Thompson
Date: 22 Feb 17 - 12:09 AM

In Ireland we eat pancakes; while maple syrup is now in every supermarket, on Shrove Tuesday we eat them the traditional way, with a melting combination of butter, sugar and lemon juice.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Feb 17 - 01:09 AM

Now, for those of us who married Polish, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is Pączki Day (punch-key), celebrated with jelly donuts.

Cheers!

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 22 Feb 17 - 08:07 AM

We leave Oz on the 28th - so unless Emirates decide to please us with ethnic grub we will have to wait until we are back in the UK on 1st March to spread our treacle.

Incidentally Easter is also quite late this year, but not the latest it can be. That happened about 5 years ago and does not happen again for quite some time.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 22 Feb 17 - 10:05 AM

Shrove Tuesday Calendar
https://www.calendar-12.com/holidays/Shrove_Tuesday/ 

..... Shrove Tuesday is exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday dates 2000-2099 :
https://www.assa.org.au/edm 


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: JMB
Date: 22 Feb 17 - 01:18 PM

I usually just eat pancakes. On Ash Wednesday, I go to mass. I have been trying to give up smoking, so I think on Ash Wednesday I will be sure to get rid of the ciggies for Lent. Hopefully I can remain smoke free after Lent. That's my goal this year.


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