Happy flipping pancake day
And everyone enjoyed eating them:
And we worked out the origins of the feast.
(To use up the winter stores in preparation for the Lenten fast in the run up to Easter, when there would be more food available again. This tied in well with the thing about seasons of food.)
Shrove Tuesday was apparently also about an annual confession of sins, from the Old English verb scrifan - to prescribe [as in, a penance]. Hmm. I wonder why this time of year was deemed especially suitable for that?
It's probably all tied up with Imbolc, isn't it? Rosie's got me thinking about the origins of feast days again with this post about Groundhog Day.
PS: Any SIP readers who normally attend our home ed meetings, they've been cancelled indefinitely due to a collapsed floor. We'll keep you posted on that - we might try to find a new venue.