Francine Robichaud cooks up a batch of pancakes during the Holy Family Church's annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. Patrons to the supper were treated to pancakes, sausages and beans, as well as a dessert. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - The aroma of pancakes filled the air of the Holy Family Church late Tuesday afternoon as Catholics celebrated Shrove Tuesday.
"(Tomorrow) is Ash Wednesday...the beginning of Lent," said Pauline Pettigrew as members of the church prepared pancakes, sausages and beans around her.
"Lent is six weeks of fasting and Shrove Tuesday is used to get rid of yeasts and other foods in the house," added Marcella Landry.
"Lent is a time of fasting, 40 days before Easter. Christ fasted for 40 days," Landry said.
Landry said a lot of people call Shrove Tuesday "Pancake Tuesday", as pancakes are a common item to eat on the day.
"Other ways people celebrate Shrove Tuesday is with Mardi Gras," said Pettigrew, noting countries such as the United States celebrate this way.