Mardi Gras at OLMC
Traditionally, people viewed the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday as the last opportunity to finish off any remaining eggs, dairy, butter, and oils in the pantry before embarking on their Lenten fast, and what better way to use up those ingredients than pancakes? Beyond being practically the perfect food, the ingredients for pancakes can be seen to symbolize four points of significance at this time of year: Eggs ~ Creation; Flour ~ The staff of life; Salt ~ Wholesomeness; Milk ~ Purity.
The pancake has a long history and featured in cook books as far back as 1439. The tradition of flipping them is almost as old: “And every man and maide doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne.” (Pasquil’s Palin, 1619).
In keeping with the Shrove Tuesday tradition, yesterday our students enjoyed a decadent pancake feast, expertly prepared by our Headmaster.
To add to the excitement, we also paid homage to the Mardi Gras tradition of the King Cake. King Cakes find their origin in the Feast of Epiphany: They’re round brioche, braided to look like the crowns of the Three Kings, while the plastic baby hidden within symbolizes Jesus. Most people think of Epiphany as the single day of January 6th, but in New Orleans that day merely kicks off the Carnival season that culminates in Fat Tuesday. Instead of a baby, three lucky students found beans in their pancakes, and will be the recipients of a surprise Lenten privilege.
Shrove Tuesday has become one of our students’ favorite and most anticipated traditions in the school, and this year did not disappoint: it was a Fat Tuesday we won’t soon forget!