Fat Tuesday / National Pancake Day

Why do they call it Fat Tuesday?

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Mardi Gras

Given that Lent was a season of fasting, it makes sense that households would traditionally consume all remaining foods that would be forbidden during Lent, such as meat, eggs, and dairy products, as Ash Wednesday approached. Hence, Shrove Tuesday was also called Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras.

Can you eat meat on Fat Tuesday?

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Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras Day,is a chance to indulge—before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. During Lent, Christians fast and abstain from meat. In addition to parties and parades,some people traditionally eat pancakes before Lent.

Are there free pancakes at IHOP?

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Every year IHOP gives away free pancakes today from 7:00am – 4:00pm to support National Pancake Day to celebrate the day. The pancakes are completely free with no purchase required, although a donation to Children’s Miracle Network is encouraged.

Invite a neighbor to go with you!

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