Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Fat Tuesday ?

The powers that be got it terribly wrong when choosing March 8th to be the International Women's Day.

I say it because this year it coincides with the beginning of Lent.

Shrove Tuesday, aka Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day and Carnival.  The day when Christians around the world scoff themselves silly with pancakes, semla pastries, malasadas and many more fat-rich confectionery delights, before starting the long since forgotten tradition of the Easter Fast.

A day associated with feasting and making merry - not exactly what Women's Day is all about.

Why indeed pick a day that every so often coincides with 'Fat Tuesday'? 'Women' and 'Fat' are two words that should never be in the same sentence, let alone the same day!

Women's Day is all about giving women equal rights and showing solidarity with all the oppressed women around the world.

pancakes for the English speaking world

Malasadas from Madeira are now Hawaii's
 favourite Mardi Gras delicacy

the Semla Pastry from Scandinavia

Maybe we should start a campaign to change Women's day to a more appropriate date or better still campaign to ensure the trivial and archaic Shrove Tuesday (with all it's religious connotations), never falls on March 8th.

Anyway, I'm just about to ask Madeleine when will the pancakes be ready ;)

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