Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday, February 20, 2007
It's pancake day. Yee-haw. Ok, so "pancake day" is not technically the proper name for this particular Tuesday. For Christians, it's called Shrove Tuesday and it's the last day before Lent.

Now, I'm not religious. Nope, I'm not. Far from it. I wouldn't say that I'm not spiritual as that's something completely different and, in my opinion, has nothing to do with "God". I gave up on organized religion a long time ago and stopped believing in a higher power shortly after that. Kind of surprising coming from a girl who used to go to Sunday school every week, attended mass at least once a week, was an altar server (a more PC term than altar boy especially since I'm a girl), and at one point considered becoming a nun. Oh yes. Me. A nun. Ok...ha ha ha, yes, it's funny....tee hee...you can stop laughing any time now... Where was I? Oh yes, not religious. Because I'm not, I don't pay attention except to the major holidays which have turned into commercial events and have no religious meaning for many people. As a result, Lent snuck up on me. It wasn't until I came across an article on CBC about various Pancake Tuesday traditions around the world that I realized Lent began tomorrow. While looking up the link for the article I read this morning, I came across the Wikipedia entry for Shrove Tuesday and, sadly, I cannot claim to have invented the name "Pancake Tuesday". Alas...


Now, normally the start of Lent doesn't mean anything other than the start of the countdown until I get a parcel from my father and stepmother filled to the brim with waxy "chocolate" bunnies and sugary crap that I end up giving away to coworkers and friends. I knew it was coming as a couple of coworkers have been talking for days about what they're planning on giving up. One is giving up coffee (oh goodness, we're all in trouble!) and the other is contemplating giving up wine which I doubt will happen. This year, despite my lack of religious conviction, I too have decided to give up something. Not to join their little deprivation group, or to support Christianity, but for my own good. I had said before that this year I was going to take better care of myself, plus I'm starting training, so I'll be giving up pop, soda, Coke, or whatever else you call it depending on where you live. No more fizzy, sugary drinks for me. At least for the next 40 days. Wish me luck. I think I'm going to learn pretty quickly what it feels like to be a heavy duty smoker who decides to go cold turkey. Perhaps I will be able to avoid the cravings by running through the countryside tossing pancakes through the air.

7 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

Thanks for that CBC article! I was looking for something like it when I did my post this morning. We always had pancakes on this day as kids. It was quite the tradition. My brother's don't remember it well, but I sure do. Looking forward to tonight's meal!

Tanya said...

Good luck. Buddhists don't do lent. However, I did decide to take better care of myself at the start of the year. I got on the scale this morning and all the weight it took me 4 months to lose has crept back in the space of 1 month. He he. Back on the wagon today.

Gardenia said...

You inspired me. I will join you in giving up Coke (coke here) - I just polished off two 12 packs since I got here - I don't feel good. Ya'll inspired me to do a bit of research on Mardi Gras, I didn't find all I wanted, but it was interesting and I too found some cool old photos.

Minerva Jane said...

good for you! i gave up coffee two weeks ago but sadly fell off the wagon this morning... maybe i'll give it up again for lent--not christian, more of a buddhist/hindu hybrid--but I'm into healthier living if I can get myself to do it!

ems said...

Good post. I too gave up on organised religion quite some time ago - never quite considered becoming a nun but I did teach Sunday School for a while.

When I was living in France I couldn't decide whether to give up coffee or cheese for Lent. A friend suggested I should do both. One of the hardest things I have achieved!

Candy Minx said...

Wow, I am interested in hearing how you feel when you don't drink pop for a while.

This was super interesting post, and thanks for all the cool links must go chck them out...especially shrove tues. I know other religions have fasts and giving up ingredients too, I suspect it comes from preserving food and rationing. Very fascinating stuff!

* (asterisk) said...

Sunday School made me a non-believer too. Weird. But I still love them pancakes!

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