The Skinny on Fat Tuesday

Today is Fat Tuesday and we are eating pancakes and having our last taste of the wonderfully delicious foods we are fasting over Lent. Those things include sweeties/candy for the kids [they thought that up] and caffeine for me and chocolate for the whole family.

My fundamentalist/protestant background has not prepared me to write a decent blog post on the benefits of Fat Tuesday and so, along with Alan Hartung, I ask for someone else to give the skinny on the historical and theological underpinnings of this religious celebration. And in the meantime, I will keep drinking my coffee and nibbling on chocolate before my 40 days begins.

More info on Wikipedia (Shrove Tuesday). Did you know “carnival” means “farewell to the flesh”? See Catholic roots

Speaking of pancakes, you really must see the crepe i made that looked exactly like Beavis from Beavis and Butthead.

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.

8 Comments

  • Helen says:

    I think Pancake Day – which is what I knew it as when I was in England – originated as a day to use up the food you need to use up before Lent since you’re not have any use for it for the next 40 days.
    Maybe it’s a day to celebrate because you’re also using up the celebrating you’re going to have no use for when you get into traditional Lent mourning. 😉
    (Until Easter, anyway – then you can celebrate as much as you like)

  • Kester says:

    Carnival’s right.
    It’s trickster night, when the fat lady sings 😉

  • chad says:

    Lent blogging is something that I am very unfamiliar with and am trying this year for the first time.
    The pancake thing really confuses me, they do that here at asbury, but I am going for chicken wings tonight and plenty of soda. After that it is to all water for lent and no “un-natural” foods.

  • Rodney Olsen says:

    I found a link to this page http://www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/ on another blog.
    I haven’t really explored it yet but it may be of help.
    After hearing about Lent for so many years I figured that I should find out what it’s all about this year.

  • spors says:

    CRI/Voice Institute has some good, easy to understand information on Lent, and daily readings from the Book of Common Prayer.
    Mars Hill has info on Lent and how they are observing it also.

  • hamo says:

    I’m going the whole hog this year with coffee and red wine sidelined.
    Last year I gave up sweet cakes and it actually transformed the way I have approached them since.
    I imagine it will do something similar with these two items also.
    No wine, coffee or blogging… I am running out of idols!
    But maybe that’s the idea

  • maggi says:

    hi andrew, the pancakes were traditionally to use up all the eggs, butter, milk and cream which, along with all other animal products were traditionally abstained from during Lent. I did a series of seven posts on the reasons why, the Lent food, the meaning of giving up, the feast days that break the fast, etc etc., starting here:
    http://maggidawn.typepad.com/maggidawn/2005/02/giving_it_up_i.html
    hope that helps! happy lent.

  • andrew jones says:

    thanks maggi. i thought it was something like that.

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