Happy Pancake Day?

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  1. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

    Stampyhead

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    A friend of mine who lives in London informed me that today, Feb. 5, is a holiday called Pancake Day over there. Is this a real holiday or was she just pulling my leg? I'd never heard of it before so I thought I'd ask the largest UK-dwelling community that I know.
     
  2. tefleming macrumors 6502

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    It's technically called Shrove Tuesday.

    Link to Wikipedia

    We used to have pancake suppers at the church i grew up in, so it does have relevance here/stateside
     
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    It is technically Shrove Tuesday but everyone knows it as Pancake day

    Shame you actually posted the day after, got done by timezones.
     
  4. Stampyhead thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ah you're right. I just looked it up. Yeah, I was a bit late posting it, wasn't I? Oh well. I had never heard it called that name before. Thanks for the clarification.
     
  5. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Well, it's not a holiday as such as we don't get the day off or anything, but we do get to have pancakes for tea. :)
     
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  7. Queso macrumors G4

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    Pancake Day is our typically British wankily understated replacement for Carnival, the thing that the rest of the world gets to celebrate. Tasty, but basically pants.
     
  8. MST macrumors 6502

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    I managed 12 [with lemon & sugar] before the batter mix ran out :)
     
  9. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    It's what Americans know as Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday."

    Americans celebrate a National Pancake Day on Feb. 12th, I believe. IHOP will be offering free 1/2 stacks (meaning 3 pancakes instead of the full 6) to dine-in customers on that day.
     
  10. blairwillis macrumors regular

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    I don't even understand that. Wankily? Pants?

    We have Pancake Saturday here at my house. It happens on Saturday. Duh.
     
  11. Queso macrumors G4

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    Wankily pants eh? Whatever turns you on I say :D
     
  12. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Rest of the world gets Carnivals

    We get pancakes... :rolleyes:

    I love pancake day, it's a great excuse to eat something thats incredibly greasy and very high in sugar :D

    Does anyone else love a rolled up pancake with golden syrup dripping out the side?

    (AMERICANS TAKE NOTE: Golden syrup is not maple syrup)
     
  13. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a

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    I found that out yesterday too :p I'm an American in London (been here 2 weeks now) and thought I'd eat some pancakes like the locals, except a lot of places were sold out of the necessary ingredients :(
     
  14. Stampyhead thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Dang, where have I been? I had no idea this was something that was done in the U.S. as well! Someone owes me a lot years worth of pancakes...
     
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