Today is Shrove Tuesday in the church calendar. Traditionally Christians fasted from meat products as a way of experiencing a sacrifice to commemorate the sacrifice Jesus gave for us. This meant that the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, they would need to use up all of their animal products such as milk, butter, eggs, etc… Pancakes were perfect for this so pancakes have become associated with this day.
Happily, IHOP has also designated this Pancake day and is giving away a short stack of pancakes to every guest. This is an effort to raise money for The Children's Miracle Network and they are asking for donations. Check it out on their website and head over to enjoy a short stack in observation of Shrove Tuesday!