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Shrove Tuesday

What is it ?

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. The first day of Lent.

Shrove Tuesday is the day when you eat all the fatty food in your house before the time of fasting. It is to remember the time when the devil tempted Jesus in the desert .

Why is it ?

Shrove Tuesday is there to get rid of all the fatty foods and to start the fasting time before Easter Day.

What happens ?

They used to put fatty foods into a mixture and make one huge pancake, they shared it out among the village and had a huge feast. They used to have huge celebrations in the village. They used to put all kinds of fatty fillings in, we now just have pancakes for tea and we can have any filling we want whether its fatty or not.

What Lent is

Lent is when you dont eat any fattening foods for 40 days and 40 nights. The end of Lent is the Festival of Easter. Lent is the time of fasting.

The Ingredients For Pancakes.

4 OZ BUTTER

16 FL OZ CREAM

3 OZ OF PLAIN FLOUR

1 TS SPOON OF ORANGE JUICE

1 TS SPOON OF CASTER SUGAR

HALF TS OF GRATED NUTMEG

8 EGG YOLKS

6 WHITE EGGS


EASTER

Easter is in the spring season.
It is in the same month as the Jewish festival Passover.

Easter is the day when Christians remember the day of resurrection of jesus. Most Christians celebrate Easter on the Sunday following the first full moon after the first day of spring in the northern half of the world.

We have eggs at Easter because they tell us of the new life that returns to nature about this time. People have been exchanging eggs since ancient times. The Egyptians and Persians dyed eggs and gave to there friends.
The Persians also believed that the earth had hatched from a giant egg.


Rushbearing

Rushbearing is an old tradition that every year the villagers would help to change the rushes that were covering the church floor so they could walk on it without shoes on, they bought big bunches of rushes to do this. The reason for this was that the churches didn't have floors so the local people would collect large rushes and lay them on the floor.
Nowadays we don't do this because most of our churches have proper floors. We now collect rushes and add colourful flowers, we also just add these for decoration. People carry larger shaped rushes of the world and a crosses, people also carry baskets of moss and flowers. We parade the rushes round the village and then we sing a song to remember what it would be like for the villagers in the past. We then make our way back to the church.When we arrive at church we go in and lay are rushes around the church. The vicar talks and gives a speech he then talks for praise and prayers.
We then leave the church and collect a our ginger cake and our bag with an apple, chocolate biscuit, sausage roll, packet of crisps and a drink.

After all this we make are way down to the playing field. Here we have races like the sack race, flat race, potato race and loads loads more. There are races for the little children as well including welly throwing and the dressing up races. There are all kinds of presents to win but you only win something if you come first, second or third.You can win book tokens as well. Different people enter different races, even grown ups enter races such as the Mums and Dads race. At the end of the day people enter the fell race. The fell race is a race where you have to run up Loughrigg. At the end of this every one gets a box of sweets and a wet sponge is squeezed over them. Then every one makes their way home.

Rushbearing A POEM ON RUSHBEARING.

Rushes from the muddy waters
Remembering the past
People come from far away
Collect the rushes fast
Decorate them brightly
Colour them neat
Come and join in our very special treat.


By
Thea Walton


The created this page during her IT lessons. She researched the material in the school library and with help from the Rev. Robert Fisher. The theme for the page arose from the Lakes School link with schools in Sweden and Finland, a project which has received support from the Comenius project.
Thea learned to use a word processor and a painting program (to produce the background herself) in the course of creating this page.


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