Shrove Tuesday facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsShrove Tuesday
Pieter Bruegel the Elder: The Fight Between Carnival and Lent (detail), 1559
|Observed by||Followers of many Christian denominations (including the Orthodox churches) and by common custom|
|Date||In seventh week before Easter, day before Ash Wednesday|
|2022 date||March 1|
|2023 date||February 21|
|2024 date||February 13|
|2025 date||March 4|
|Related to||Ash Wednesday
Shrove Tuesday is a term used in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, The United States and Australia for the day before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Christian season of prayer and fasting called Lent.
On Shrove Tuesday people traditionally cook and eat pancakes. The reason for this was to use up foods such as fat, eggs and milk before Lent.
It is also called Pancake Tuesday or Pancake Day. In some other countries, such as the United States it is called Mardi Gras.
In some cultures it has close ties with Mischief night.
Images for kids
Russian artist Boris Kustodiev's Maslenitsa (1916)
Shrove Tuesday, Bear guidingPoland (1950)in
On Shrove Tuesday, many Christians confess their sins, in preparation for Lent; depicted is an Evangelical Lutheran confessional in Luther Church (Helsinki, Finland)
Football match in the 1846 Shrove Tuesday in Kingston upon Thames, England
A pancake race in Olney, Buckinghamshire, 2009