Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day. This is the last day before Lent begins, on Ash Wednesday. In the UK it is traditional to eat pancakes, thus using up all the rich ingredients such as eggs and flour which are forbidden during the 40 days of Lent.
It's the same thing as Mardi Gras, but typically for Britain, we observe it in a relatively low-key way compared to places where they have a massive party before Lent begins.
We won't be avoiding eggs and flour during Lent, but we still kept the tradition by making a big heap of pancakes which the children in particular enjoyed. The pancakes eaten in the UK are usually are the thin type the French call crepes, and they are often eaten with a sprinkling of sugar and a little lemon juice. The kids insisted that I tossed some pancakes, and in some places pancake races are held on Pancake Day, in which competitors have to toss pancakes continuously as they run. Tossing pancakes is tricky, but capturing the deed on camera is even trickier and sadly we were defeated.