Fred Snyder

It’s Shrove Tuesday, and why pancakes you ask? For Christians, Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent and traditionally a period of abstinence and penance and clearing the cupboards of such foods as sugar, flour and eggs, some of the main ingredients of pancakes. Pancakes have traditionally been eaten on this day for centuries thus using up the kitchen scraps before the 40-day season of lent begins tomorrow.

By the way, the word shrove is a form of the English word “shrive,” which means to obtain absolution for sins by way of Confession and penance. The name Shrove Tuesday was named after the tradition of Christians being “shriven” before Lent. Pancakes are consumed around the world as part of this pre-Lenten tradition. Here in Gettysburg, a 40-year tradition continues today with the Prince of Peace Episcopal Church Pancake Breakfast being held from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Gettysburg Fire Hall on North Stratton Street. Bring your friends and family and enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and assorted beverages, with a little Dixieland band music thrown in for entertainment. Tickets are available at the door, and proceeds will go to organizations caring for your less fortunate neighbors in Gettysburg.

Fred Snyder is a Gettysburg Times columnist. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the newspaper. Contact Fred at or 717-334-1131, ext. 2850. “Around Town” is published in the Gettysburg Times every Tuesday.

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