Long ago, Shrove Tuesday is a day for feasting and having a good time! People flock to churches to confess the bad things they had done and would be ‘shriven’ or forgiven before the start of Lent (a period before Easter). Because rich food such as eggs, butter and milk were forbidden during Lent, one way of using them up would be to make, in our case, awesome Waffles, Pastries and Ice Cream!
The name Shrove denotes a period of cleansing, wherein a person brings their lusts and appetites under subjection through abstention and self-sacrifice. Nowadays, Shrove Tuesday has evolved into a day of frivolity and indulgence, during which people participate in as much pleasure and self-gratification as they can before Lent begins!