What is Fat Tuesday? It is the last day before the season of Lent, when Christians all over the world prepare for Easter. Lent lasts for six and a half weeks, and is inspired by the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert, preparing for his ministry in Israel. Lent was set up as an opportunity to think about a person’s relationship with God. Traditionally, believers were asked to spend those weeks repenting of their sins, praying for forgiveness, making amends to those they had sinned against, giving offerings to God, and denying themselves rich foods.
This day was first known as Shrove Tuesday.
It was the day when believers went to confession in preparation for Lent. At some point, a tradition was added, having one last feast before Lent. Meats, rich breads, and sweet desserts were enjoyed. Then, for the next 40 days, believers would abstain from these foods until Easter.
This day varies, depending on where you live. The French call it Mardi Gras. In Great Britain, they call it Pancake Day. And the Polish call it Paczki Day, after those delightful fruit-filled pastries. If you buy some of those wonderful desserts, let it remind you that the love of God is incredibly sweet.