Shrovetide

[ shrohv-tahyd ]
/ ˈʃroʊvˌtaɪd /

noun

the three days before Ash Wednesday, once a time of confession and absolution.

Origin of Shrovetide

First recorded in 1375–1425, Shrovetide is from the late Middle English word shroftyde. See shrove, tide1
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Shrovetide
/ (ˈʃrəʊvˌtaɪd) /

noun

the Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, formerly a time when confessions were made in preparation for Lent
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