Pancake Day

As you may know, Pancake Day 2016 takes place on Tuesday, February 9. To celebrate it, our school is organizing a Pancake/Crêpe Day next Thursday, 4th of February.

To know more about the school party, click here PANCAKE DAY.

Come to the party and bring some pancakes/crêpes to share ;)

What is Pancake Day?

Pancakes on Pancake Day. Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/chrisbarber

Pancake Day, also called Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras (which is French for “Fat Tuesday”), is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It’s called so due to the tradition of eating pancakes on the day. This tradition comes from a time where any rich foods were eaten on the day before Lent, and fasting begins. The date can vary from as early as February 3rd to as late as March 9th.

If you want to learn more about it and practise a bit of English, click on the links below:

Traditional recipe

The History of Pancake Day

Pancake Day-British Council

Lots of activities on Pancake Day

 

 

Tourists touching down at Heathrow given guide to British etiquette

Tourists touching down at Heathrow Airport are being introduced to British etiquette by a video starring comedian Stephen Fry.

Tips which feature in the short film include cheering when drinking glasses are accidentally smashed in a pub, navigating the awkward “after you” loop and mastering the “agreement rule” when a stranger comments on the weather.

Fry collaborated with Graham Linehan – who won a scriptwriting Bafta for The IT Crowd – to make the three-minute video.

From Snowdon to the Scottish Highlands and London to Londonderry, modern Britain is a truly extraordinary place.

With a fantastic blend of cultures and traditions, we’re a nation renowned for its sense of humour, unspoken rules and little quirks. No matter where you go, you’re sure to talk about the weather, will need something waterproof to hand, and are likely to meet someone who feels the need to apologise profusely for everything they do. In fact our nation’s gentle apologetic manner is one of the things that I miss most when I’m out of the country. I hope people enjoy watching the video, which celebrates some of our wonderful eccentricities and welcomes people to the UK with a good old dose of British humour.

– STEPHEN FRY, BRITISH ETIQUETTE VIDEO