Pancake Day in England – also known elsewhere as Mardi Gras (New Orleans and Rio) or Carnival (Venice) – has a religious origin, as it is traditionally held the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, because afterwards starts the fasting period of Lent. Nowadays the excuse is just one: eating delicious pancakes!
Why pancakes? Pancakes were basically the result of cleaning kitchen cupboards before the fast: using flour, eggs…
The next 9th of February, you will find fun celebrations around the pancakes. In London, you can attend numerous races where people run whilst making pancakes with pans! Races such as Flippin ‘good pancake race (in Greenwich); Parliamentary Pancake Race (in Westminster); The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race (in Brick Lane) or Better Bankside Pancake Day Race (in The Borough).
This day is also celebrated in Hastings but Pancake Day is just the end of a week long festival with cultural and local events called Fat Tuesday. Strongly influenced by the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Fat Tuesday in Hastings (born in 2009) has become the largest Mardi Gras celebration in the UK, Where live music, art workshops, parades, people in fancy dresses and masks, many masks become one of the most important events of the year in Hastings.
If on Pancake Day you don’t fancy running or bothering to cook, but you simply want to eat pancakes, there are many restaurants and food trucks that make the pancakes the protagonists of the day, made in all styles and combinations. Walk through the streets of London and Hastings tasting the best pancakes! Visit Foxlow in London and try its Magic Pancakes and The Pelican in Hastings for the best American Pancakes ever.
At Shane Global Hastings, we will have our Pancake Day at the school! Next Tuesday 9th of February at 13.00 we will make pancakes with our students, the team and everyone else who would like to join us! Just come over, meet us and enjoy wonderful pancakes.