Get your eggs, flour, milk and butter ready: Pancake Day is just a few weeks away. But why do we apparently need to use up our basic foodstuffs every year?
Pancake Day has been celebrated by Britons for centuries. Known also as Shrove Tuesday, its exact date – rather confusingly – changes every year, as it is determined by when Easter falls.
But it is always the day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), and always falls in February or March.
The date of Shrove Tuesday is intrinsically linked to Easter, a moveable feast which falls between March 22 and April 25. This year Easter Sunday falls on April 21.
The period in between Shrove Tuesday and Easter Sunday is known as Lent and officially begins on Ash Wednesday, ending on Holy Saturday.
BBC: Pancake Day Recipes