|The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, |
by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1559
(source: Wiki Commons)
So: is it just another excuse to eat excessive food without the guilt attached? Probably…
Consumers swarm their shops to stock up- ritually and en-masse. Adverts bombard us day in day out; the week prior to P-Day is absolute mayhem. Each time I walk into Waitrose, a one stop shelf of all the pancake ingredients I need to make my ideal evening stands proudly at the front of the store. Also, quite helpfully, the pop-up posters and tactfully-placed Easter-related food items seem to spring up on each aisle, reminding me IT’S NEXT TUESDAY- make sure you’re prepared!
Well, with this useful reminder that P-Day is on the horizon, I, along with my fellow shoppers, most often give into the temptation of picking up that extra pot of Nutella in preparation. As the signs keep telling me: best not to waste this opportunity for a guiltless feast; after all, I remind myself, it’s all in the name of Christianity.
It’s not as if the supermarkets stop selling food in order to help us in our fasting. Therefore, I come to the conclusion Shrove Tuesday has lost its original purpose and has transformed into yet another commercial event. Not that I’m complaining of course.