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Pancake Day Quiz

The last day before Lent begins is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day. In 2020 around the country people celebrated with traditional games, religious observances and, of course, lots and lots of pancakes!

Pancake Day has its origins in early Christianity but, over the last two-thousand years or so, many traditions have been added to the event, making Pancake Day a very British occasion. Other countries mark the event in their own ways but, here in Britain, old customs die hard!

To celebrate Pancake Day we wrote this fun quiz. It’s full of interesting facts from world records to local festivities, and religious holy days to ancient events. Why not give it a go and see whether or not you can score a flipping marvellous ten out of ten?

Pancake Day is also called Shrove Tuesday, but what does ‘shrove’ mean?
‘Fat’ in Old English
Careful or prudent
‘Batter’ in Old English
Absolution of sins
‘Shrove’ is the past form of the verb ‘shrive’ which means receiving absolution for one’s sins after confession and penance
Why were pancakes traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday?
Because Jesus ate pancakes before his fast
To use up eggs and fat before Lent begins
To ward off the devil before Lent begins
Because eggs are symbolic of Easter
Long ago, Christians fasted for 40 days during Lent. Valuable foods like fat and eggs were eaten before then to stop them from being wasted
Pancake Day is known as Mardi Gras in French. What does Mardi Gras translate into English as?
Fasting Eve
Sullen Day
Fat Tuesday
Sulky Goose
Mardi Gras is traditionally marked by carnivals and parades
The largest pancake ever made had a diameter of how many metres?
1,500 m
150 m
15 m
1.5 m
It was created in Rochdale in 1994, and had the following dimensions: diameter 15.01 m, thickness 2.5 cm, and weight 3 tonnes! I don’t know if they managed to flip it!
Which day follows Pancake Day?
Ash Wednesday
Palm Wednesday
Fat Wednesday
Holy Wednesday
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It gets its name from the practice of putting the ashes of palm leaves on the forehead as a form of repentance
The record for the most pancake tosses in one minute is held by Australian Brad Jolly. How many pancake tosses did he manage in 60 seconds?
The celebrity chef achieved this remarkable feat in Sydney in 2012
In Ashbourne, Derbyshire, which sport is traditionally played on Pancake Day?
Cheese Tennis
Mob Football
Gang Rugby
Pancake Hockey
The game has few rules and hundreds of players. It may seem like chaos to onlookers, but mob football is the origin of many sports, including football and rugby
A 'pancake landing' is something you want to avoid, but what exactly is it?
When a diver lands in water belly first
When a boat is tossed against the coast
When an aeroplane lands without its wheels
When an angler pulls a fish from the water with too much force
Pancake landings usually only happen from very low altitudes when an aeroplane stalls. Not too dangerous, but still best avoided!
The very first pancake race (when runners must toss pancakes as they race) took place in the village of Olney, Buckinghamshire, in which year?
Tradition has it that a housewife forgot the time because she was busy making pancakes. When she heard the church bells chime, she ran out of her house, still carrying her pan and pancake, in her rush to make it to mass
As well as a pancake race, the seaside town of Scarborough celebrates Shrove Tuesday with which activity?
Rope skipping
Donkey races
Stick of rock throwing
Swimming in the cold sea
I’m not sure about all that jumping after eating a plateful of pancakes!
Author:  Graeme Haw

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