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Shrove Tuesday
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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
Type Christian
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
Frequency Annual
Related to Ash Wednesday
Fat Thursday
Mardi Gras

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.

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