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  • Hi everyone, I'm Gina.

  • Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday to give it its proper name, is the Tuesday seven weeks

  • before Easter.

  • It is the last day before a period of abstinence, Lent, starts.

  • In this lesson, you're going to learn about why it is commonly known as Pancake Day and

  • why it is a special day in Britain.

  • Do you know where the name Shrove Tuesday comes from and what it means?

  • We'll show you the answer at the end of this video.

  • The traditional meaning of Shrove Tuesday comes from it being the day before Lent begins.

  • It was the last chance for people to eat whatever they chose before they began to fast and was

  • an opportunity for them to eat whatever was left in their pantry or kitchen.

  • We eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday because they are easy to make and can be filled with

  • any topping.

  • British pancakes are thin batters, only a few millimetres thick, that are cooked in

  • a frying pan.

  • Brave chefs will flip their pancakes to ensure they're cooked both sides but others will

  • use a spatula.

  • Popular toppings include plain lemon and sugar, and sweeter things such as chocolate and fruit.

  • As well as cooking pancakes, there are many games and activities that are held in Britain.

  • The most popular are pancake races.

  • In these races, competitors run a short track, maybe only 100 metres or so, while flipping

  • a pancake in their frying pan.

  • If you drop the pancake you have to stop and pick it up!

  • The winner is whoever completes the race first with their pancake still intact.

  • There is a famous race held in Olney.

  • Participants must be housewives and wear an apron.

  • The winner is the first to complete a 375 metre course, give their pancake to the church

  • bell ringer and receive a kiss.

  • And now I'll give you the answer to the earlier quiz.

  • Do you know where the name Shrove Tuesday comes from and what it means?

  • Shrove comes from the wordshriveand this means to confess.

  • In the olden days, Shrove Tuesday would be a day of confession for Christians before

  • Lent began.

  • How was this lesson?

  • Did you learn something interesting?

  • Do you eat pancakes in your country?

  • If so, are they the same as British pancakes?

  • Leave us a comment at EnglishClass101.com.

  • And we'll see you in the next lesson!

Hi everyone, I'm Gina.

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British Holidays - Pancake Day and Shrove Tuesday

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/02/25
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