Shrove Tuesday ("Fat Tuesday") is a term commonly known in English-speaking countries associated with the United Kingdom and its Anglican traditions. It’s celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian season of fasting and prayer known as Lent.
The word “shrove” is the past tense of the English verb shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and doing penance.
In the U.S., “Shrove Tuesday” is another term for Mardi Gras.
The following area churches are having pancake dinners and other events Tuesday evening:
--Sherwood United Methodist Church: 3503 17th Ave. Fat Tuesday pancake supper. Jointly sponsored by St. Paul United Methodist. 5:30-7 p.m. $4 for adults, $2 for children 12 and younger. 706-327-7419.
--St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 69 Mobley Road, Hamilton: Mardi Gras party 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: donations. 706-628-7272.
--St. Stephen’s, Smiths, Ala.: 45 Lee Road 567 (off U.S. 280 West). 6:30 p.m. Shrove Tuesday dinner. 334-291-0750.
--St. Thomas Episcopal Church: 2100 Hilton Ave. Pancake supper starts at 6 p.m. $5 per person/$15 per family. 706-324-4264.
--Trinity Episcopal Church: 1130 First Ave. Pancake supper at 5 p.m., followed by an outdoor Mardi Gras parade at 6 p.m. Cost: $5 per person/$20 max per family. In addition, a raffle for prizes will help defray cost of the summer youth mission trip. 706-322-5569.