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Shrove Tuesday: Why is it called Shrove Tuesday?


Shrove Tuesday serves two purposes for Christians; allowing them to repent any sins they may have before Lent starts the next day, and gives them the chance to indulge themselves before they deprive themselves. 

As with most European Christian traditions, Shrove Tuesday started out as a Pagan celebration. 

Before the Christians were around, the Slavs believed the change of seasons was a struggle between Jarilo, the god of vegetation, fertility and springtime, and the evil spirits of cold and darkness, believing they had to help Jarilo in his efforts to overcome. 

The whole celebration of the arrival of Spring lasted a week and a large part of this was making and eating pancakes. 


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