SANTA OLAYA PANCAKE RACE

18 02 2009

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Last February 18th classes 5A and 5B celebrated Pancake Day, an old tradition in England but a new one at Santa Olaya School.

In United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada, Shrove Tuesday is known colloquially as Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday.

On Pancake Day, pancake races are held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom.

But the tradition of pancake racing had started long before that. The most famous pancake race, at Olney in Buckinghamshire, has been held since 1445. The contestants, traditionally women, carry a frying pan and race to the finishing line tossing the pancakes as they go. As the pancakes are thin, skill is required to toss them successfully while running. The winner is the first to cross the line having tossed the pancake a certain number of times.

The tradition is said to have originated when a housewife from Olney was so busy making pancakes, that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake.