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Clean Monday, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday Ash Wednesday

please, will someone expalin the difference? I have heard all these terms used. I only know of Ash Wednesday

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:20 PM on Feb. 14, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • For Catholics - Latin/Roman Rite Catholics Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. For many Catholics in the Eastern Rites Great Lent starts the Monday before Ash Wednesday - aka Clean Monday. The name is a reminder that we should begin Lent with good intentions and a desire to clean our spiritual house. For Latrin Rite Catholics Ash Wednsday is a day of fasting and abstaneing from meats. On Clean Monday Eastern Rite Catholics abstain from meat - plus eggs and dairy products too.


    Answer by eringobrough at 4:58 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • "Shrove Tuesday" is the day between Clean Monday and Ash Wednesday. The word "shrove" is the past tense of "shrive" which means to hear a confession, assign penance and absolve from sin. So it's a reminder that we're entering a period of penance during Lent. "Fat Tuesday" is just another name for Shrove Tuesday but instead of emphasizing the panance part of Lent it's about a last hurrah before Lent - eating fastening foods before starting penance on Ash Wednesday. In the UK it's called "Pancake Day" - probably because they celebreate by making and eating pancakes (but that's a guess on my part). So Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Pancake Day are all three different names for the same day - which is used is based on where you live and the culture/emphasis.

    Answer by eringobrough at 5:05 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday are all the same day, aka Mardi Gras.
    Old tradition states that during Lent, no animal products were to be eaten. So on Pancake Day, people used up their eggs by making pancakes. These "pancakes" are not what American's know as pancakes but actually crepes. No eggs would be eaten again until Easter.

    The name of the day is different depending what country you are in.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:24 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

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