What does Shrove mean?

'Shriving' is a ritual that Christians used to go through in the past where they confess their sins and receive absolution for them.

The absolution frees the person from the guilt and pain that their sins have been causing them.

According to This Is Church, "in the Catholic or Orthodox context, the absolution is pronounced by a priest.

"This tradition is very old. Over 1000 years ago a monk wrote in the Anglo-Saxon Ecclesiastical Institutes: 'In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him.'"

Traditionally many different types of food would be given up - meat, fish, eggs and milky food - so they were all cooked up so they wouldn't be wasted.

Flour was added in to the mix, and pancakes were born.

The most flips anyone has ever done with a single pancake is 349 in two minutes

In France, people make a wish before flipping their pancakes, and do so while holding a coin in the other hand

On average, Brits eat two pancakes each on Shrove Tuesday... but we all know someone who eats at least THREE times more

The Guiness World Record for the most pancakes served in eight hours is 34,818

The highest pancake toss was 329cm high

On Pancake Day in Lithuania they consume pancakes and donuts

In Finland they eat green pea soup and pastry. In Iceland they eat salted meat and peas

Pancake Day races are common across Britain in towns and villages. The race is followed by a church service

Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day is a moveable feast. This year it  falls on March 5th.

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