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The Official 2016 Pancake Day: Shrove Tuesday

02/09/2016 12:16 EST | Updated 02/09/2016 12:59 EST

Shrove Tuesday — also known as pancake day — is the day before Ash Wednesday or what many Christians observe as the beginning of Lent.

So today, you don't have to feel bad about consuming a delicious pile of flapjacks because heck... you're allowed!

The name Shrove Tuesday comes from the word shrive, which means to confess and seek absolution.

The holiday is widely observed by Catholics as the last day to indulge before giving up certain things like unhealthy foods or alcohol for a 40-day period before Easter Sunday. During Lent, spiritual growth is encouraged, as is self-examination and righting any wrongs that have been committed.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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