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Mardi Gras Pancakes

You may be asking yourself, ‘Hey Pastor, why pancakes on Mardi Gras?’ The obvious reason would be that I like pancakes, even for dinner.  But that’s a little too obvious…


The tradition of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is deeply rooted in the Christian liturgical calendar, specifically in the observance of Lent. Lent is a period of forty days (not counting Sundays) leading up to Easter, which has traditionally been a time of fasting, prayer, and penitence in preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and is a time for Christians to reflect on their lives, repent for their sins, and dedicate themselves more fully to God. The purpose of Lent is to provide a period of cleansing and spiritual renewal, with an emphasis on simplifying one’s life to focus more on spiritual matters.

The tradition of eating pancakes on Mardi Gras comes from the practice of using up rich foods, such as milk, eggs, and sugar, before the start of Lent. Since these items were seen as too luxurious for the Lenten period, a time when eating habits were simplified to reflect the season’s penitential nature, families would use up these ingredients the day before Lent begins. This is why Mardi Gras is also known as Fat Tuesday, marking the last day of feasting before the fasting season of Lent.

So now you know two good reasons for pancakes at Mardi Gras.  But the second one is more meaningful. 🙂  Good to get together with church family as well.  The journey of lent can be deep and meaningful.  It’s a journey that ‘s good to take with others!