Shrove Tuesday means Confession Tuesday; there being an old rule that “immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his sins; and the confessor shall so shrive him as he then may hear by his deeds what he is to do” (during the time of penance). This day is usually associated with another custom— namely, the eating of pancakes, the origin of which thus is explained. Eggs and lard were formerly forbidden during the time of Lent. But these are highly useful in making pancakes; hence in order to get rid of the surplus eggs and lard, on the last night before the Lenten season, it was only natural to use them in making pancakes for the family, until it finally grew to be a feature of the occasion. (“Heortology,” p. 100.)

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