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    Pancake Day

    SHROVE TUESDAY

    Since before the Christian era
    Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day
    Was celebrated far and wide
    And was originally a pagan holiday

    Changing seasons was a struggle
    Between Jarilo the God of brightness
    Vegetation, fertility and springtime
    And the evil spirits of cold and darkness

    So they had to help the God Jarilo
    And victory meant spring had begun
    So they cooked and ate pancakes
    Hot and round symbolizing the sun

    ASH WEDNESDAY

    Ashes are placed on the heads
    Of worshipers on Ash Wednesday,
    Either by being sprinkled or
    More often the traditional way
    By being marked as a visible cross
    On their foreheads on the day

    ASH WEDNESDAY FIRST DAY OF LENT

    The palm branches blessed on Palm Sunday,
    Are the following year, burnt and blessed again
    And placed on the heads of the participants
    To the accompaniment of the familiar refrain
    "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”
    And the Lenten season has begun once again

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    I didn't know that there was such a nice cycle between the palms and the ashes used in these ceremonies.

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    You're absolutely correct about the palm/ashes connection. I forgot to mention this on your Candlemas post: did you know that the day after the candles were blessed -- Feb. 3-- was the Feast of St. Blaise? He is the patron saint of throats. When I was a child, I was particularly susceptible to strep, so my mother used to haul me to church every Feb. 3.
    The parishioners knelt at the altar,where the priest would bless their throats while making a cross with the newly-blest candles gently placed between the neck. I am not making this up.

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