National Pancake Day

Today marks a popular holiday on many people’s calendars – National Pancake Day. The national restaurant chain IHOP has institutionalized this celebration. Head on over to IHOP today between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. to receive a free short stack of pancakes!

The concept of “Pancake Day” originated in English speaking countries as the day preceding Ash Wednesday on the Christian calendar. Also known as Shrove Tuesday, Christians were expected to prepare for the penitential season of Lent by a last release of high spirits before the onset of the solemn season. Pancakes were considered a special treat because of their particularly rich ingredients, such as sugar, butter, and eggs, which were almost always restricted during the Lenten season.

While in the United States, Mardi Gras has become the more familiar term for the gluttonous day preceding Lent, the tradition of Pancake Day remains alive thanks to IHOP. IHOP has notably secularized the holiday and separated from the Christian calendar. However, IHOP retains some of the original mission of the celebration and asks that patrons consider leaving a donation to a local charity. This year, IHOP is featuring Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as their charity of choice.

For more information about IHOP’s promotional holiday, you can reach the restaurant’s website here. Happy National Pancake Day!

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