Why do Catholics call Fat Tuesday “Shrove” Tuesday?
Commonly known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday has been traditionally spent feasting (especially on pancakes). It is also called “Shrove Tuesday,” recalling the tradition of going to Confession. The word “shrove” comes from “shrive” – the English word for confessing one’s sins and receiving absolution.
In fact, there was a custom of churches ringing the “shriving bell” on this day. The goal was to start Lent with a clean soul and a repentant spirit.
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