Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday – this year, Pancake Day as it is sometimes referred to, is February 25, 2020.
The day proceeds Ash Wednesday, which is the start of when we Christians celebrate Lent.
The name Shrove Tuesday comes from 'shrive', meaning cleansed (forgiven) from sins.
In some parts Shrove Tuesday is referred to as Mardi Gras aka 'Fat Tuesday' in French - mainly because we use up the fatty foods before Lent.
Pancake Day itself came much later as a way of using up rich foods. The idea was for families to clear out their cupboards and remove the fattening foods like eggs, milk and sugar which weren't traditionally eaten in fasting season, so needed to be scoffed down beforehand.
There are numerous ways to make pancakes – after all, the day originates from using up what is left in your cupboard.
While you may be fan of thick style pancakes, or thin crepes, this traditional pancake recipe is bound to win you over – and it’s super easy too.