Easter off to flipping start
St Mary's Timaru parishioners braved the cold yesterday to partake in the ancient art of pancake flipping.
In past years there had been traditional pancake races around the church but, because St Mary's is still out of service because of earthquake damage, it was a smaller gathering this year.
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, today, when Lent begins.
Making pancakes was a way to use all of the ingredients left in the cupboard that wouldn't last the 40 days of the Lenten Festival, which precedes Easter.
Legend has it the tradition of pancake racing came about in the 15th century when a housewife was so engrossed in pancake making, she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ring. She ran out of the house and straight to church, still with her apron on and frying pan in her hand.
- The Timaru Herald