Celebrated around the world for over 1000 years, Shrove Tuesday marks the day before the beginning of Lent. It marks a traditional day of penance, confession, and quest for absolution. In the U.S. it is observed mainly by Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic Church traditions. Many of these churches celebrate by serving pancake feasts, sometimes quite ornate or unusual. The significance of the feasting is Lenten observances of fasting, and spiritual redirection. A number of Anchorage churches will be serving pancakes today, sometimes without fee, but requesting a freewill donation for a charity or mission project. Take advantage of fellowship and explore another church’s tradition.