Preparing to Celebrate Lent on Shrove Tuesday

The day before Ash Wednesday is known by many names: Mardi Gras, Carnival, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday and even Pancake Tuesday.  I give a brief overview of the meaning behind this day HERE.

Last day before Lent

Whatever you call it, this particular Tuesday is the last day before the 46 days before Easter. (40 days of Lent and 6 Sundays)  These 46 days are used by many Christians to fast as a way of reflecting and showing they are sorry for their sinful nature. Because of this fasting, our medieval ancestors set a great example for us to FEAST, then fast. In medieval times, families needed to use up their food supplies so as not to waste anything. Their most common items were flour, milk and butter. (ingredients for pancakes!)  Today we can simply keep our “extra” in the refrigerator or freezer!

Traditions to help us prepare for Lent

As with many holidays, we celebrate them to help keep traditions associated with them alive. 

Traditions within our own families are important as well. Do you have traditions surrounding the Season of Lent? 

Shrove Tuesday encourages us to enter into lent clean, and sin free. If your faith offers Confession, I encourage you to make that part of your traditions. 

What about spending the day “spring cleaning”? – Encourage your children to get their room and toys in order, looking for items they no longer use. They can share these items with children in foster care, or donate to other organizations. 

Cleaning up your school area and curriculum is a good idea during this time as well. What is working? Not working? How can you make changes over the next  40 days to improve your relationship with the learners in your care? 

Lent is a great time for any faith to work on prayer. You can say the same prayer for 40 days, or a different prayer for 40 days.

Decide on your Lenten activities. Will you be “giving up” or performing acts of kindness?

Resources for Mardi Gras and Lent

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We also have a complete resource explaining Shrove Tuesday. This will help you introduce the holiday and it’s traditions to your learners!  

There are both academic activities as well as entertaining activities included like a word search and photo booth or parade props!

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