|The following rhyme was used by the Cornish children during the evening and the following day Shrove Tuesday.|
Nicka nicka nan
Give me some pancake, and then I’ll be gone
But if you give me none
I’ll throw a great stone
And down your door shall come.
In St Ives this was
Give me a pancake, now–now–now,
Or I will souse in your door with a row–tow–tow.
|Hall Monday: Pease Monday: Nickanan Night|
This is the Monday before Lent in the British Isles. Youths play Nick Nack: a game where they knock on doors and run away, (Death knocks & is invisible). Pea soup and salt bacon are eaten. In Cornish villages a Jack-O-Lent straw figure is paraded through local communities, pelted with projectiles and then burned on a bonfire.
Shrove Tuesday: Pancake Tuesday
(pron. SH-ROW-v TOO-z-DAY) The day before Lent in the British Isles is called Shrove Tuesday meaning Confession Tuesday. Sins are forgiven. A flat bread made of wheat flour, eggs, spice, and water called a pancake is eaten. In Brittany, France this is called a crêpe, containing hazelnut butter. Pancake races are held where women must run across a course with a frying pan, throwing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan a specified number of times. A pancake bell is rung to kick off the event. The custom is over 400 years old. A satire describing pancake parties of 1622 featured: Protector of the PanCakes, First Founder of the Fritters, Baron of Bacon-flitch and the Earl of Egg-baskets. (2, 5)