Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Happy Pancake Day!

A set of pancake-related learning activities over at CBBC reminds us that just about anything can be turned into a literacy lesson.

Today is Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday. Wikipedia can give you all the details, including these fun facts:

- In the Canadian province of Newfoundland, household objects are baked into the pancakes and served to family members. Rings, thimbles, thread, coins, and other objects all have meanings associated with them. The lucky one to find coins in their pancake will be rich, the finder of the ring will be the first married, and the finder of the thimble will be a seamstress or tailor. Children have great fun with the tradition, and often eat more than their fill of pancakes in search of a desired object.

- Pancakes were traditionally allowed to be made between the ringing of a curfew bell in the morning of Shrove Tuesday and its ringing again that evening. Housewives had that time in which to use up all the eggs and fat they had left over. Until the early 1900s, Shrove Tuesday was a half-day holiday, and the "Shriving Bell" was rung at eleven o'clock in the morning to remind people that the holiday had begun. It became known in some parts as the "Pancake Bell", and it is still rung today even though the day is no longer a holiday. (I saw we bring back the holiday!!)

;o) Lyndsay.


At 4:58 PM, Blogger Matthew said...

Pancake day is great.



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At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Jen Robinson said...

I can't believe that I forgot Pancake Day! I knew about it early on, but then was distracted by a business trip, and it completely slipped my mind. Sigh! Did you know that IHOP was giving free pancakes to anyone who donated to First Book yesterday? Very cool.


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