Shrove Tuesday trans-Atlantic pancake race
Across the Christian world, it’s a day for indulgence. Fats and dairy traditionally forbidden during Lent, which begins tomorrow, are packed into pastries, doughnuts and other celebrated treats, including pancakes, the inspiration of a hundreds-year-old race in Olney, England. Legend says a housewife at the stove when called to church dashed to the service with her frying pan, a pancake still inside it. More recently, the women of Liberal, Kansas, got in on the fun, challenging Olney to a friendly international competition after seeing media coverage about the event.