Today’s BIG event is Britain’s famous Pancake Day races, begun in Olney England (1445). Pancakes are associated with the time period preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. The liturgical fasting emphasized eating plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure: in many cultures, this means no meat, dairy products, or eggs.
Local Connection: In 1950 women in Liberal, Kansas, challenged the Brits in what has exploded into an annual tradition. Each year the communities hold a 415-yard race to determine the fastest runner who can also flip a pancake. Typically the fastest runner completes the course in just under one minute. The rest is a delicious history held annually on “Shrove Tuesday.” Let the Pancake Day feasts begin!