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Happy Easter! by ev on 4 January 2008 1:57am
"EASTER has come early, at least at supermarkets across Australia where hot cross buns are on the shelves even before the Christmas trees have come down."


Sorry about the link, just cut 'n paste.
Re: Happy Easter! by tucsonmike on 4 January 2008 2:56am
I was going to say it is just a tad early.
Re: Happy Easter! by MMMmmm... on 4 January 2008 5:56am
Re: Happy Easter! by kazzzz on 4 January 2008 3:30pm
I saw hot cross buns in the shops today. Ridiculous. I still have some in the freezer from last year hahaha!!!
Re: Happy Easter! by mrsthing on 4 January 2008 5:51pm
My pastor is a nice guy, but he's always whining about how much work the holidays are. As I was leaving church Christmas Eve, I put my hand on his shoulder and said, "Just think! In 3 months it'll be Easter!" He told me he hated me, and we both laughed. But it is just 2 days shy of 3 months between Christmas and Easter this time around--the shortest it ever gets. In the US, most of us will celebrate it on March 23, which puts Fat Tuesday on February 5. So the hot cross buns aren't all that early.
Re: Happy Easter! by Spursfan on 4 January 2008 6:24pm
Fat Tuesday????

Is that the same as Shrove Tuesday (better known as Pancake Day)?

Re: Happy Easter! by mrsthing on 5 January 2008 10:38pm
Most Americans call it Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras). You're supposed to eat a lot and party hardy while you can, because Lent starts the next day (Ash Wednesday).

But yes, it's the same as Shrove Tuesday.

Did you know the day before is called Collop Monday? It's the last day to cook meat before Lent; a collop is a little piece of bacon. According to Wikipedia, anyway. It's apparently a British thing. I've never known anyone to do it in the US.
Re: Happy Easter! by kazzzz on 6 January 2008 7:27am
Here in Australia, we have Manky Monday, Tricky Tuesday, Weird Wednesday, Thoroughly Thursday and Forgetful Friday.
As today is Friday, I can't remember wot Saturday and Sunday are.

Actually, it's Sunday. I forgot.
Re: Happy Easter! by Miss-M on 6 January 2008 9:08am

Makes me want to break out my maracas!
Re: Happy Easter! by kazzzz on 6 January 2008 9:09am
Ay carumba!!!

Mardi Gras literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French. The name comes from the tradition of slaughtering and feasting upon a fattened calf on the last day of Carnival. The day is also known as Shrove Tuesday (from "to shrive," or hear confessions), Pancake Tuesday and fetter Dienstag. The custom of making pancakes comes from the need to use up fat, eggs and dairy before the fasting and abstinence of Lent begins.

Hmm I have a confession about eggs.....
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