What exactly is Shrove Tuesday, you may be asking yourself?
… the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of fasting and prayer called Lent. The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and doing penance. During the week before Lent, sometimes called Shrovetide in English, Christians were expected to go to confession in preparation for the penitential season of turning to God. — from Wikipedia
While elsewhere in the country, like in New Orleans, the celebration is called Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras – or Carnival in other countries – and celebrated it is, with drink, wild abandon, and drunken debauchery – in our little Christian corner of the world it’s called Shrove Tuesday and we get to eat donuts. As many as we want!
Grandma K used to go, or used to send someone, to the Saxonburg bakery every Shrove Tuesday to get a box of donuts for the family.