St. Paul’s United Church in Souris held a very successful Shrove Tuesday on March 5.
Shrove Tuesday is the term used in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada to refer to the day after Shrove Monday and before Ash Wednesday. In some regions it is known as Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday, because it is customary to eat pancakes on this day. The reason that pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent is that the 40 days of Lent form a period during which only the plainest food my be eaten.
Therefore, rich ingredients such as eggs, milk, and sugar are disposed of immediately prior to the commencement of the fast.
Pancakes and doughnuts were therefore an efficient way of using up these perishable goods, besides providing a minor feast prior to the fast itself.
This year’s Easter takes place from Good Friday on April 19 until Easter Monday on April 22 – making Easter Sunday on April 21.
The death of Jesus occurred around the Jewish Passover, which is traditionally held on the first full moon following the vernal equinox. As the full moon can vary in each time zone, the Church said that they would use the 14th day of the lunar month instead – The Paschal Full Moon – and host Easter Day on the following Sunday. Once the date of that moon is known, Easter Day and the Easter holiday can be determined.