But before Anglicans, Lutherans and some other Protestant denominations follow traditions and give up fatty foods for six weeks leading up to Easter, they feast.
What was traditionally known as Shrove Tuesday is now commonly references as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake Day, because it's often accompanied by eating rich foods from the pantry, before the go to waste during the season of Lent.
The term for this is Mardi gras, which translates to Fat Tuesday.
To celebrate the occasion, Frank's Deli is donating partial proceeds from pancake sales to the Sudbury Food Bank.
Tutti Frutti Breakfast and Lunch is providing some local students with hot cakes, while other breakfast restaurants simply “plan to be pretty busy.”
Those wanting to celebrate the occasion at home can also make their own.
To make classic pancakes, get ready with:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Next pour in the milk, egg and melted butter and mix until its smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Wait until they are brown on both sides and serve hot.