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LIFE participants spent Fat Tuesday racing with pancakes! Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent, because they are a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of Lent. The liturgical fasting emphasizes eating simpler food, and refraining from food that would give undue pleasure: in many cultures, this means no meat, dairy products, or eggs.

Shrove Tuesday was once known as a "half-holiday" in Britain. It started at 11:00am with the ringing of a church bell. On Pancake Day, "pancake races" are held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom. The tradition is said to have originated in 1445 when a housewife from Olney, Buckinghamshire, was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake, tossing it to prevent it from burning. The pancake race remains a relatively common festive tradition in the UK, especially England. Participants with frying pans race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan while running. The pancake race at Olney traditionally has women contestants who carry a frying pan and race over a 415-yard course to the finishing line. The rules are strict: contestants must toss the pancake at the start and the finish, and wear a scarf and apron.

Our participants also wore scarves and aprons and carried the pancakes with spatulas. We had lots of laughs and got some great indoor exercise while learning about this fun tradition!
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LIFE participants spent Fat Tuesday racing with pancakes! Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent, because they are a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of Lent. The liturgical fasting emphasizes eating simpler food, and refraining from food that would give undue pleasure: in many cultures, this means no meat, dairy products, or eggs. Shrove Tuesday was once known as a "half-holiday" in Britain. It started at 11:00am with the ringing of a church bell. On Pancake Day, "pancake races" are held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom. The tradition is said to have originated in 1445 when a housewife from Olney, Buckinghamshire, was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake, tossing it to prevent it from burning. The pancake race remains a relatively common festive tradition in the UK, especially England. Participants with frying pans race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan while running. The pancake race at Olney traditionally has women contestants who carry a frying pan and race over a 415-yard course to the finishing line. The rules are strict: contestants must toss the pancake at the start and the finish, and wear a scarf and apron. Our participants also wore scarves and aprons and carried the pancakes with spatulas. We had lots of laughs and got some great indoor exercise while learning about this fun tradition!

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At Albright LIFE, we enjoy keeping our brains as well as our bodies active with fun memory games! ... See MoreSee Less

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LIFE participants recently crafted a special gift for one of our physicians before her upcoming wedding! ... See MoreSee Less

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LIFE participants are staying busy on these cold winter days! We recently crafted "lava bottles"...a mesmerizing and fun activity! ... See MoreSee Less

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LIFE staff members recently got "wrapped up" in a snowman making contest with participants! ... See MoreSee Less

LIFE staff members recently got "wrapped up" in a snowman making contest with participants!

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