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What is Shrove Tuesday?
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday in some Christian traditions.
It is the last day of Shrovetide, the three-day period before the beginning of Lent, which is the season of fasting and penitence that precedes Easter. Shrovetide also includes Shrove Sunday and Shrove Monday.
Shrove Tuesday is sometimes called Pancake Day due to the tradition of eating pancakes on that day.
The day before Ash Wednesday can also be called Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday).
When is Shrove Tuesday?
Shrove Tuesday happens 47 days before Easter Sunday. (Lent is often considered a period of 40 days, but it actually consists of 40 weekdays.) Since Easter Sunday moves every year, Shrove Tuesday can fall between February 3 and March 9.
The date for Shrove Tuesday in 2021 is February 16. Shrove Tuesday 2022 will fall on March 3.
More information and context on Shrove Tuesday
The first records of the term Shrove Tuesday come from the 1490s. Shrove is the past tense of the verb shrive, which means “confess one’s sins, such as to a priest” (it can also mean “to hear confession”).
Shrovetide was once a time that many Christians devoted to confessing their sins before the beginning of Lent. But Lent itself is a time of fasting and abstaining, and Shrovetide and Shrove Tuesday eventually became, for many, a time of indulging before the Lenten fast begins.
Traditionally, fasting for Lent has involved giving up foods like eggs and fats (such as butter). Shrove Tuesday is the last day to use up such foods so they don’t go to waste during Lent, and pancakes are one of the easiest (and most delicious) ways to use these ingredients. That’s why Shrove Tuesday is often called Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday.
Shrove Tuesday is commonly used as the name for the day in the U.K. and some other places, but the name Mardi Gras is more common in France and the U.S.
What are some terms that often get used in discussing Shrove Tuesday?
How is Shrove Tuesday discussed in real life?
The name Shrove Tuesday is most commonly used in the U.K. The day is associated with the tradition of eating pancakes and indulging before Lent.
It’s bright outside in a way that makes Spring feel near, our garden is full of birds & Shrove Tuesday is a mere 15 days away. Welcome to February.
— Sara (@callmesara) February 1, 2021
Seeing the new seasonal items on NH, and I'm mildly disappointed there's not a plate of pancakes for Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday.
— 🌹 Natalie 🌹 (@finlands_beret) January 28, 2021
Shrove Tuesday means one thing in Derbyshire: it’s Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football! 🎉 Here’s EVERYTHING you need to know about this fascinating game which divides the town and has been played for centuries: https://t.co/zYTvuVw79Z ⚽️ #ShrovetideFootball #PancakeDay pic.twitter.com/Q04WeKKcLN
— Visit Peak District & Derbyshire (@vpdd) March 5, 2019
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Example sentences from the Web for Shrove Tuesday
Reached Tuesday, a Sitrick Co. rep confirmed they parted ways with Epstein in April 2011.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This reporter knocked at the Wilkins home on Tuesday morning but received neither an answer nor the business end of a shotgun.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
On Tuesday, President Obama will meet with Enrique Peña Nieto, the President of Mexico.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So far, just four members, including Gohmert and Yoho, have announced they will oppose Boehner on Tuesday.
But this year, instead of simply voting against Boehner on Tuesday, at least two members of the group are vying to replace him.
He and his wife seated themselves at table one Tuesday evening, a few weeks after their return from Grand Isle.
Mrs. Pontellier did not wear her usual Tuesday reception gown; she was in ordinary house dress.
It was the day for her afternoon with Mrs. Towne; it had chanced that she had given to her every Tuesday afternoon.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
But in the night, betwixt Monday and Tuesday, he had cramps, and dreamt the devils were pulling him by the feet.The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche|Anatole France
All delays are at an end—Tuesday—to-morrow the final warrant will be signed; Friday next, you may salute the Royal paw.