November 25, 2017

Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday - Pancake Day

Mardi Gras is the last day before the Christian "fast", a 40-day Christian period before Easter where they do not consume animal products. The first day of the fast is called "Ash Wednesday" and it applies 46 days before Easter, always on Wednesday. The fast period is 40 days, when on Sundays it does not exist.
The origin of the name Mardi Gras is from French, which means: Fat Tuesday.
The day before the beginning of the fast is a day dedicated to the festivities in the Christian world. Many parades and parades are held in many settlements, and many large and festive dinners are held in many houses. Because on this Tuesday you eat lots of desserts and fattening things without taking account, it's called Fat Tuesday. Mardi gras always falls between February 4th and March 10th.

One of the traditional practices in Mardi gras is to eat pancakes, so the mardi gras is also Pancake Day.
The word pancake means "pan cake". In French the pancake is called Crêpe.
Emoji Pancake- link

Pancakes are made from flour, eggs, milk, sugar, baking powder, oil or butter.
Pancake is a food eaten around the world, in different variations. In France the pancake is thin (what we know as crepe). In Germany they eat it with powdered sugar, jam and lemons. In the Netherlands they eat the pancakes rolled with salted and sweet additives. In Russia they eat Bellini. In Greece they prepare it with yogurt and eat it with honey. In Malaysia and Singapore it is sometimes prepared with soybeans instead of flour and filled with cheese, jam, nuts and peanuts. In China, the pancakes are made from thin, green onion and is part of the Peking duck. In India they call Pancake Otefam and prepare it from rice and vegetables. In Japan, a pancake cake called " okonomiyaki" is being prepared.
In the photo: A poster inviting the Mardi Gras celebrations of 1914

Picture from Mardi gras celebrations in New Orleans (link)

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