Wafaa Toulany from the Snack Shack in Kentville prepares a couple of pancakes for a hungry customer on Feb. 8. Pancakes will be served up in many spots around Kings County on Feb. 12 as area residents mark Shrove Tuesday – also known as Pancake Day. - Jesse-Ann Hennessey, www.kingscountynews.ca
By Jesse-Ann Hennessey
Special to KingsCountyNews.ca
Shrove Tuesday – also known as Pancake Day - is Feb. 12, giving people lots of opportunities to over indulge in the popular breakfast food.
Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent. The word shrove comes from shrive, which translates to confess. In the Middle Ages, people confessed their sins before Lent began so they would be forgiven.
Lent is a Christian festival leading up to Easter Sunday and is a time for giving things up. Shrove Tuesday marks the last to eat and use up the foods not allowed during this time, like fat, butter and eggs, which is why pancakes are so popular to this day.
The first year the Kings Presbyterian Church in New Minas did a pancake dinner for Shrove Tuesday, they expected 75 to 100 people. Instead, nearly 300 showed up.
Bill Mitchell, a church elder, said seeing the big turn-out makes it worth the work.
“(It) makes it all worth while,” he said.
Now they prepare earlier and for more people, he added. All of the pancake mix is made in advance and from scratch, he said.
It’s a way to bring people into the church and also bring the church members together.
“It’s a time when all the church members can get together,” he said.