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Flipping for Free: Celebrating National Pancake Day with Flavor and Philanthropy

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Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day: A Delicious Tradition

What is Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day?

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is a cherished tradition celebrated in many countries around the world. It signifies the day before the commencement of Lent, a period of 40 days of fasting and reflection leading up to Easter. Pancake Day is marked by indulging in pancakes as a way to consume rich and indulgent ingredients like eggs, milk, and sugar before the fasting period begins.

When is Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day?

Shrove Tuesday falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, with the date changing each year based on the date of Easter. In 2024, Shrove Tuesday will be celebrated on February 13th.

How to Celebrate Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day

There are numerous ways to celebrate Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day, but the most popular tradition involves making and enjoying pancakes. Here are some ideas for celebrating this delicious holiday:

Pancake Breakfast:

Start your day with a delicious pancake breakfast. You can choose to make traditional thin crepe-style pancakes or fluffy American-style pancakes, depending on your preference.

Pancake Toppings:

Get creative with your pancake toppings. Classic choices include maple syrup, fresh fruit, whipped cream, and chocolate chips. Some people also enjoy savory pancakes with ingredients like cheese and bacon.

Pancake Parties:

Host a pancake party or potluck with friends and family. Encourage everyone to bring their favorite pancake toppings, and you can even have a pancake cook-off to see who makes the best stack!

Charity Pancake Races:

In some regions, you might find charity pancake races where participants race while flipping pancakes in a frying pan. It’s a fun and quirky tradition that supports a good cause!

Attend Church Services:

Many churches hold special services and pancake breakfasts on Shrove Tuesday, providing an opportunity for the community to come together before the solemnity of Lent.

History of Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day

The name “Shrove Tuesday” is derived from the word “shrive,” which means to confess one’s sins and receive absolution from a priest. It is a day for Christians to prepare their hearts and souls for the penitential season of Lent. The tradition of making pancakes on this day originated in medieval England as a way to use up rich ingredients before Lenten fasting began.

Today, Shrove Tuesday has evolved into a secular celebration enjoyed by people of all backgrounds, with a focus on the joy of indulging in pancakes.

National Pancake Day: Flipping for Flavor and Philanthropy

Free Pancakes at IHOP

On February 13th, IHOP will be celebrating National Pancake Day by offering a complimentary short stack of buttermilk pancakes to customers dining in their restaurants between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. This annual event is a delicious way for pancake lovers to enjoy a free treat.

Supporting Feeding America

In addition to enjoying free pancakes, customers are encouraged to support IHOP’s partnership with Feeding America, an organization dedicated to ending hunger in local communities. Throughout February, customers can donate $1, $2, $3, or more to provide meals for those facing food insecurity. IHOP will also donate ten meals for every dollar donated during the Month of Giving.

Stacking Up Joy

IHOP’s Feeding America initiative is part of their Stacking Up Joy platform, designed to bring people together in communities and support families in need. By dining at IHOP and participating in the Month of Giving, customers can contribute to the fight against hunger and help nourish futures.


Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day and National Pancake Day offer opportunities to indulge in delicious pancakes while celebrating with friends and family. Whether you’re enjoying a pancake breakfast at home or dining at IHOP for free pancakes, these occasions are a chance to spread joy and support worthy causes like Feeding America. So, mark your calendars and get ready to flip some flapjacks on February 13th!

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