Today is Pancake Day.  In the Christian calendar, Shrove Tuesday is the day before the start of Lent.  Ash Wednesday begins the start of the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter, which is traditionally a time of fasting.

Shrove Tuesday is the opportunity to use up eggs, fats and other treats before fasting throughout Lent.  Pancakes are the perfect vessel for using up all of these items.

For those who are not familiar with the term pancake, you may be more familiar with the European crêpe.  Traditionally, a thin, flat batter made of eggs, flour and milk, fried and served with syrup, lemon juice and sugar, Nutella or fruit and cream.



Paczki Day is observed in Poland.  Their tradition is the enjoyment of fried dough filled with jam, custard or other sweet fillings.  A Paczki (pronounced ‘pooch-key‘) is the Polish answer to using up what is in the pantry, ready for Lent.  This tradition has been around since the Middle Ages.


Fat Tuesday is the last day of Carnival and the day before Ash Wednesday.  Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) dates back to an ancient Roman festival which honored the Gods Lupercalia and Saturnalia.  This festival took place during mid-February.  When Christians arrived in Rome, this festival was incorporated into the existing Lenten preparations.


IHOP (International House of Pancakes) has been celebrating this famous pre-Lenten day tradition and helping to raise money for children’s charities since 2006.  From 7am to 7pm, you can enjoy one free short stack of their Original Buttermilk Pancakes.  Due to the restrictions in operation due to the Covid pandemic, be sure to sign up for MyHOP® and one IOU coupon for a free short stack of pancakes will be sent to you for use between April 1st – 30th 2021.


Enjoy Pancake Day wherever you are and if you are planning to visit Florida during April, take a look at the rental villas we have to offer.  Don’t forget to sign up for free pancakes and you can enjoy those while you are visiting.