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Do You Celebrate Pancake Day? or Fat Tuesday

Updated on December 3, 2016
Stack of Pancakes
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International Pancake Day

On this page, you will learn the significance of International Pancake Day, also known as Fat Tuesday. Plus, you will find two pancake recipes, some links on the web and a humorous video about celebrating this annual event.

To many of us, International Pancake Day means a good excuse for eating pancakes. However, this annual holiday is actually based in the Christian religion. It's the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. International Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras. It goes by other names in other countries in the world.

Pancake Day derived its name because in the UK and in various other countries, people did not eat fat, eggs or sugar during Lent. Therefore, cooks looked for ways to use up their supplies of these ingredients on the day before Lent. Pancakes filled the bill nicely. Hence, the custom developed and the name for the holiday developed accordingly.

In some countries, Pancake Day is celebrated by Pancake Flipping on the streets, Pancake Races and other fun filled activities. It is also strongly associated with celebrations such as Mardi Gras and marks the beginning of the Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans and elsewhere.

This page includes information about International Pancake Day as well as some recipes for ... you guessed it -- PANCAKES!

When is Pancake Day?

In 2017, Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday, February 28.

What does Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday Mean to You?

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Free Pancakes at IHOP on National Pancake Day

Since 2006, International House of Pancakes has been offering its guests a free short stack of pancakes on National Pancake Day. You are invited to make a donation which the restaurant chain gives to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Here is the link: IHOP International Pancake Day.

Multigrain Pancakes with Strawberries
Multigrain Pancakes with Strawberries | Source

Multigrain Pancake Recipe

Pancakes with Sugared Berries

This recipe is a healthier choice than many pancake recipes. Serve it with sugared strawberries and perhaps blueberries if you have any available.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 2 tablespoons of cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt, no fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg

Preparation

Combine together all of the dry ingredients and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Do not over mix. The pancake batter should be slightly lumpy.

Heat a non stick skillet or if using a regular skillet, lightly brush or spray with oil. When the skillet is hot, spoon the batter onto it using amounts of about one quarter cup each. Cook until the top of the pancake bubbles. Flip it over and cook a few minutes until done.

Serve with your sugared strawberries. Add butter and syrup if desired.

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Oatmeal Banana Bread Pancakes
Oatmeal Banana Bread Pancakes

Recipe for Oatmeal Banana Bread Pancakes

This unusual and hearty pancake recipe is lovely served with maple syrup or any fruit flavored syrup. It would make a great lunch or dinner for National Pancake Day.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats with large flakes
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 bananas
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

Preparation

Mash the bananas.

Mix the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together. Spoon the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Stir this together but do not over mix. It should be almost smooth but not quite. Allow this to sit for ten minutes.

Heat your non stick skillet or griddle, or oil a regular skillet or griddle and heat it until it is at a medium heat.

Pour the batter onto the heated skillet, pouring about 1/3 cup of batter per pancake. Cook until the top is bubbly, then flip over and continue cooking for a few minutes or until done. The underside should be golden brown when cooked.

Serve these delicious hot cakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Shrove Tuesday.

International Names for Fat Tuesday

Pancake Day goes by many names in our global village, and in some areas, pastries other than pancakes are the tradition. These are some of the names used throughout the globe.

International Names for Shrove Tuesday

  1. Fat Tuesday. All Catholic and some Protestant countries refer to Pancake Day as Fat Tuesday.
  2. Terça-feira Gorda.This is Fat Tuesday in Portuguese countries.
  3. Mardi Gras. The French call it Mardi Gras
  4. Máirt Inide. This is the Irish name, meaning Shrovetide Tuesday or Fat Tuesday
  5. Fastnacht Day. This is the term used by German speaking people.
  6. Malasada Day. This is Pancake Day in Hawaii.
  7. Sprengidagur. In Iceland, Fat Tuesday is known as Sprengidagur or Bursting Day. The Icelanders eat salt meat and peas on this day.
  8. Paczki Day. In some regions of the US with a large Polish population, Fat Tuesday is known as Paczki Day. Celebrants eat paczki. which are a type of donut. In Poland, the day is celebrated on a Thursday and is called the Polish words meaning Fat Thursday.

International Pancake Day Links

It seems the Brits have the most outrageous traditions around Shrove Tuesday -- or perhaps they're just better at getting their videos up on YouTube. Pancake Day is celebrated in many countries, although if you go by YouTube videos, it would be understandable if you think its only in the UK.

Funniest Pancake Day Video Ever

Bring your sense of humor and get ready for a Pancake Day laugh with Robin Hood and Friar Tuck

© 2011 June Campbell

How do you Celebrate International Pancake Day?

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      DebMartin 2 years ago

      Well I had my own personal Pancake Day just this morning. I'm eager to try your Oatmeal Banana Pancakes.

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Elsie Hagley: Sure, a day late will not matter at all. Lemon juice and sugar is something I have not tried but it sounds good.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Oh, I missed it this year. Never mind I will have to have pancakes today. I like lemon juice and sugar on mine.

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Now I'm hungry for pancakes. :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      We'll be eating pancakes though we'll eat them anytime.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      I love a simple thin style pancake with lemon and sugar.

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Love pancakes, so... Pancakes Day... hmmm, sounds like a trouble day! : )))

      Thanks for sharing!

      Blessed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love pancakes with butter, peanut butter and syrup. :)

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @SmartyGirlRenee: Sounds delicious to me.

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      SmartyGirlRenee 5 years ago

      by making green apple buttermilk pancakes

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      RomanaSwan 5 years ago

      I did not know such day existed.

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      Afzal 5 years ago from Malaysia

      love pancakes =)

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @JennySui: We all love pancakes!

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      I don't really celebrate the International Pancake Day but i love pancakes:)

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @intermarks: Good choice. Thanks for visiting.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @DebMartin: International pancake day has been around for a very long time. But by all means, celebrate a day late! LOL

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Never heard of it. But everything has its day and so it is with pancakes, I suppose. Now I have the urge to make pancakes this morning even though I'm a day late. Thanks, d

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I don't really celebrate the International Pancake Day but I will definitely having some pancake on that day.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you! I just noticed the purple star. Much surprise!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: LOL! Well enjoy the feast!~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      really really mad I saw your intro pic and got extremely hungry! haha, awesome lense *runs downstairs to make pancakes*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congrats on your Purple Star! We enjoy pancakes for breakfast and dinner! :)

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @goo2eyes lm: Hmmm. I have not tried fruit cocktail. Thanks for the tip.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Excellent choice!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @eSCKWID: They certainly sound terrific!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had pancakes this morning (International Pancake Day) at my favorite diner.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @fdurham: Oooh, they are yummy indeed!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @BlueTrane: I'm mighty fond of waffles myself.

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      I don't need a special day to eat pancakes! :) Actually, I'm more of a waffle person.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i love pancakes with syrup and fruit cocktail on it. blessings for this appetizing lens.

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      fdurham 5 years ago

      Looks yummy!

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      eSCKWID 5 years ago

      Son's favorite banana walnut pancakes with Trader Joe's Maple Syrup (Grade B, has more flavor). OMG, these are SO good!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: way to go!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Ribolov LM: Perhaps you could eat pancakes anyway! LOL

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      Ribolov LM 5 years ago

      Mmmmm. I wont to eat pancakes now! But in my country (Slovenia) we don't have the pancake day. :(

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @SoniaCarew: Pancakes are good any day! :-)

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      Love panckes but I don't celebrate the day. Fabulous yum yum lens!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Chocolatealchemy: Thank you for posting. It is a highly enjoyable tradition, for sure.

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      What a great Lens you've created and I am going to make some of your delicious sounding recipes! We use a simple recipe which makes the best lightest pancakes ever for Shrove Tuesday - I just love ritual of the tradition.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Philippians468: We can always rely on the Golden Arches. LOL Thanks for commenting.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      lovely recipes! thank you for sharing this yummylicious lens! unfortunately i might have to head to the nearest McDonald for the pancakes! cheers

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      A really LOVE:Y lens.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you. That is very kind of you to say.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Oh you did this one up perfectly. Well done :)