Posted on March 05 2019
Pancake Day facts:
1. Manchester holds the crown when it comes to size
Deciding that the average, frying pan sized pancake just wasn't enough for them, the folks at the Co-operative Union in Manchester decided to go bigger. Much bigger.
On August 13 1994 they organised the making of what became the largest pancake in the world. It weighed in at 6,614 lbs (that's three tonnes and about the same weight as two cars) and measured 49ft and 3in long.
2. Ready-made pancake mix is 129 years old
If you feel guilty about using ready-made pancake mix, don't worry - people have been doing it forever. Aunt Jemimas was invented in St Joseph, Missouri in 1889 and is claimed to be the first ever ready-made pancake mixture to be sold.
3. World's largest pancake breakfast
The world's largest pancake breakfast was held in Springfield, America, in 2012. The breakfast saw 15,000 people get together in Main Street to enjoy a huge number of pancakes and raised $10,000 for a local charity.
4. Pancake races
Pancake races happen all over England throughout Shrove Tuesday. The tradition is thought to have originated in Olney in the 15th century, after a woman lost track of time while cooking pancakes. When the bells for mass rang, she ran out of her house with the pan and pancake still in hand. Olney still holds a pancake race every year.
5. Pancake flip record
The largest number of pancake flips in the shortest amount of time is currently 349 flips in two minutes, a record achieved by Dean Gould in Felixstowe, Suffolk, in 1995.
6. Canadian traditions
While we in Britain tend to keep our pancake ingredients nice and simple, in Newfoundland, Canada, objects with symbolic value are added to the batter to be cooked. These items are then used to interpret different messages about the future - for example, a pancake served with a ring inside may signify marriage.
7. French traditions
In France, it is traditional while flipping a pancake to hold a coin in one hand and to make a wish.
8. The largest stack of pancakes
The largest stack of pancakes ever cooked was made up of 60 pancakes and was an impressive 76cm tall.
9. Britain uses 52 million eggs
It is estimated that an impressive 52 million eggs are used in Britain each year on Pancake Day - that's 22 million more than every other day of the year.
10. Pancake Day is also called Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday
The French call Pancake Day Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. This originates from the ancient ritual of parading a large ox through Paris to remind people that meat was forbidden during the Lent period.
Mardi Gras is the last day of Carnival season and always the day before Ash Wednesday. Countries around the world began their celebrations after Christmas, on January 6th (also known as the 'Twelfth Night'). In some places, Mardi Gras is a state holiday.
11. Mardi Gras has significant colours
The official colours of Mardi Grad are purple (it signifies justice), gold (meaning power), and green (which stands for faith).
12. The first Fat Tuesday parade was 181 years ago
New Orleans in America has been celebrating Fat Tuesday with parades since 1837. The first floats appeared in the parade in 1857, and in the early 1900's beads were thrown as gifts to crowds.