Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, which begins the church season of Lent. Lent has always been a time of reflection, of thinking about others and considering carefully how we can ‘unclutter’ our lives to make room for the things that really matter like our relationship with God, self, others, our world.
To ‘unclutter’ will mean different things for each of us – it might mean reducing our busyness or being less of a ‘consumer’ or reviewing expectations of self or others, etc.
Traditionally, during Lent, people would limit their intake of ‘luxury’ foods like meat, fats, eggs. To ensure these were not wasted families would use them up before Lent started – hence, the cooking of pancakes!