: Feb 16, 2021
**Please note: Due to the Covid pandemic, we will not be celebrating Shrove Tuesday at school. All families are encouraged to celebrate together at home.
The word shrove is a form of the English word shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one's sins by way of Confession and doing penance. Thus, Shrove Tuesday was named after the custom of Christians to be "shriven" before the start of Lent.
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent (Ash Wednesday). Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Catholics went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). It was the last chance for indulgence before 40 days of fasting, and also an opportunity to use up food that couldn’t be eaten during Lent.