Shrove Tuesday: what it means and why it marks the end of Carnival

Shrove Tuesday: what it means and why it marks the end of Carnival

It marks the last “fat” day of Carnival, which officially begins on the Thursday before, and is the last day on which culinary revelry can be had: from fried desserts to exaggerated portions of pork. Shrove Tuesday, which every year falls on a different day depending on Easter, it marks the end of the period, according to Christian tradition, in which one can eat meat precisely because it gives way to Lent, the 40 days preceding the Resurrection and in which one should abstain from eat it.

Each region has its own dish

There are different food traditions for this Tuesday of binges depending on the region: in Campania on this day it is customary to eat lasagna with meatballs, in Piedmont fagiolata, desserts (from chiacchiere to fritters) are offered on the tables of the country in every possible version : in Venice the fritole with the “mammalucchi”, in Abruzzo the “mignozzi”. Pork-based dishes also deserve a separate chapter: from porchetta to cured meats.

Ash Wednesday

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and as we said, it is the last day on which you can eat meat. This therefore allows believers to prepare themselves as best as possible to live their period of Lenten penance, characterized by the renunciation of meat as the very etymology of the word Carnival, he says, or from the Latin meat offremove the meat.

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