Why is Twitter Obsessed With Fat Tuesday and Why You Should Be Eating Pancakes

Jill O'Rourke
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You may have noticed a lot of people tweeting or talking about Fat Tuesday. Depending on how familiar you are with the traditions of Mardi Gras and Lent, you may be wondering what that means.


Read on to find out what today’s significance is, and why you might want to choose pancakes for dinner tonight. Plus, check out a few funny tweets about the holiday.

What Is Fat Tuesday?

Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Christian tradition of Lent. This is the 40 days of fasting leading up to Easter, in which some Christians choose to give up things such as sugar or alcohol in order to honor Jesus Christ.

As its name might suggest, Fat Tuesday is a day for indulging before Lent begins. The term Mardi Gras in French actually translates to Fat Tuesday. In the United States, the city of New Orleans is widely known for its Mardi Gras celebrations every year.


What Should You Eat On Fat Tuesday?

Today is also known as Pancake Tuesday because many Christians choose to enjoy pancakes before Lent begins. It also happens to be National Pancake Day, with the restaurant IHOP giving away free pancakes to customers.

But there are other food options other than pancakes. King cake is often associated with Mardi Gras. A small baby figurine is often hidden inside this sweet treat. Whoever finds the baby in their cake is considered lucky. They may also be expected to buy next year’s cake or host next year’s party.

If king cakes and pancakes don’t do it for you, might we suggest a delicious paczki? These filled doughnuts are popular in Polish culture. They’re often covered in powdered sugar or glaze, and filled with fruit or cream.


Whether or not you choose to celebrate it, it’s hard to argue with a day devoted to eating delicious foods. Let us know in the comments if you’ve had any of these treats today, as a tradition or just because you were hungry.

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