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Shrovetide

Shrovetide is a three day period (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) at the beginning of Lent the most notable day being Shrove Tuesday which was the last day for feasting and merry making before the long period of Lent itself. There is undoubtedly some pre-christian element to the celebrations as with most other christian incorporations.

Shrove Tuesday is known for Pancakes, Football and other celebrations. It used to be a half day holiday in England. Shrove is derived from the verb To Shrive - to hear confession. It is a day of carnival elsewhere - Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday referring to the using up of fat before Lent.

A common event at this time which now appears horribly cruel was Throwing At Cocks, but a whole range of activities were undertaken besides including plays, tug-of-war matches and skipping.