Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Happy flipping pancake day

We made some. I did the batter and the first few fryings, then Zara took over when the baby needed me:

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.


Blogger Elaine said...

Imbolc, yes thats possible . JR had the most wonderful suprise today, someone else got good news today it does all round seem to be a day of signs.
So about the floor , oh I just covered that didn't I.

8:32 pm, February 05, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

Oh, what surprise was that?
Hmm.. what would a collapsed floor be a sign of then? Can't be a good one :-/

11:30 pm, February 05, 2008  
Blogger ruth said...

Ow er worked out the origins of the feast eh. Well done. My lot just got face down in them:)I don't think any of them know why we eat them.

12:17 am, February 06, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

ROFL Ruth! Well my lot did a fair bit of that too!

Am still puzzling about why the beginning of Feb was deemed to be the best time for shriving though. Not much else to do? ;-)

Get your shriving done before you plant the seeds, sort of thing..?

7:14 am, February 06, 2008  
Blogger Mrs Darcy said...

Now Gill, what have your home-ed group been doing to collapse that floor?? ;-)

9:25 am, February 06, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

LOL! *blush*

*Whispers* Someone was bouncing on the spongey bit last week...

It wasn't me! ;-)

9:27 am, February 06, 2008  
Blogger emma said...

Lent = commemoration of Jesus' 40 days in the desert battling the devil, during which time he fasted.

During Lent, Christians symbolically undergo the same trial, and mortification of the flesh is all a part of concentrating the mind on battling the devil's wiles.

It's the whole "we're not worthy" bit, encapsulated into 40 days of self denial

Avoiding rich and sweet foods for the Lenten fast also makes life seem Hella good after Easter, when Christians are happy and skippy because of remembering the resurrection.

But it has to be said that my understanding of Christian theology is approximately 1000 years out of date, so the current approach might be somewhat different...

12:39 pm, February 06, 2008  
Blogger grit said...

the eternally-late grit household will probably get round to the pancakes bit sometime in may. i hope that's may 2008.

1:14 pm, February 06, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

Oh thanks Emma. That makes a bit more sense. Even in that context though, February is still a bit of a random month for shriving in, don't you think?

Grit, I'm liking the sound of the eternally-late Grit household ;-)

2:02 pm, February 06, 2008  
Blogger Minnie said...

Well, so much for shriving..somehow, we managed to make pancakes without realising it was pancake day. How about that for intuition!!! lol

Maybe shriving is to do with Crimble extravagance? or a superstition. Like, if you get it off yer chest now and do your penance, then you'll be okey dokey when new supplies arrive come Easter/whenever.

As you can tell, my forced attendance of church during my childhood did nothing to improve my religious knowledge!! Now, if it'd been autonomous attendance then I'd be able to explain it to you. lol

I love Grit's blog.

3:55 pm, February 06, 2008  
Blogger Sarah said...

but the timing Shrove Tuesday is related to Easter so this year it's really early and seems a bit daft I agree, whereas sometimes it can be much later - is the end of February any better for shriving, Gill? ;)

4:57 pm, February 07, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

LOL Min. Yes that could well be right! I'm wondering whether they came up with these traditions randomly, or whether there was a pagan tradition of doing something similar to shriving at this time of year? Or is shriving an activity that's particular to the Christian faith?

Sarah, for some weird reason this time of year feels just fine for shriving! I think that's why I'm digging deeper and wondering why.

8:31 am, February 08, 2008  

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