Shrove Tuesday or "Pancake Day" marks the last day before the Christian holiday of Lent, traditionally a period of self-induced food abstinence, associated with clearing your kitchen of all goods such as sugar, fats and eggs. For some reason Lent is one of the least popular holidays falling well behind Arbor Day. It just might have something to do with not being able to eat any delicious foods.
It's commonly known as Pancake Day because it represents the perfect opportunity to use such ingredients ahead of the fasting period. Why it wasn't called Cupcake Day is still a mystery. Cupcakes are the pancakes' reckless cousin...fun, good looking, and gets you into trouble, but still gets invited back to family gatherings because who can stay mad at a cupcake?
Pancake Day takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday. Because the date of Easter Sunday is dictated by the cycles of the moon, not to be confused with the lunar cycle of the werewolf, Pancake Day can occur anytime between February 3 and March 9.
Now, go and eat some pancakes...and enjoy!