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Shrove Tuesday

The name Shrove Tuesday is derived from the Christian custom of confessing sins and being absolved just before Lent. Shrove Tuesday was traditionally a time to use up all the milk, butter and eggs left in the kitchen. These ingredients were often used to make pancakes, which is why the English call it Pancake Day. [...]

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Caribbean Influences

For over 50 years the Caribbean style carnivals have contributed to the Carnival traditions in England and have become a popular celebration of UK’s multi-cultural society within the larger metropolitan areas of the country. In recent years these have been joined by Latin American, Asian and Central European communities.

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English Carnivals

Some English Carnivals evolved from fairs, but more often from religious events such as Saint’s Day celebrations, Parish Feasts, Wakes and also celebrations such as May Day. Some emerged from anti-Catholic Guy Fawkes celebrations and others from miner’s Galas. Modern carnivals started in their present form late nineteenth century, but most date from the twentieth, [...]

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