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20 October 2014
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Lent - begins 05 March 2014

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The Carrying of the Cross (aka Road to Calvary) by Simone Martini, c1335, in the Louvre, Paris, France. 

Why is it called Lent?

Lent is an old English word meaning 'lengthen'. Lent is observed in spring, when the days begin to get longer.

What does Shrove mean?

Shrove Tuesday comes from the word to shrive which means to confess one's sins.

Why do people eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.

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