In Brazil, it is celebrated as part of Carnival, a vibrant festival known for its colourful parades, samba music, and street parties. Families indulge in traditional Brazilian cuisine, including feijoada (a hearty stew of beans and pork) and coxinhas (deep-fried chicken croquettes).
In Russia, Pancake Day is known as Maslenitsa and is a week-long celebration marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It is celebrated with pancakes topped with sour cream, caviar or jam, symbolizing the sun and the coming warmth. Maslenitsa is a time for Russians to embrace the changing seasons, bid farewell to the cold winter months, and welcome the promise of renewal and abundance with open arms.
In Finland, Shrove Tuesday is known as "Laskiainen," and it's celebrated with a blend of traditional customs and outdoor activities. One of the most popular traditions is sledding down snowy hills, marking farewell to winter and welcoming spring. The traditional meal of the day is 'hernekeitto' - a traditional Finnish pea soup served with ham, and delicious 'laskiaispulla' - sweet buns filled with whipped cream and almond paste.
In Germany, Pancake Day, known as 'Faschingsdienstag' or 'Fastnachtsdienstag', is celebrated as part of the carnival season leading up to Lent. While the emphasis is often on festive parades, costumes, and street parties, pancakes still play a role in the culinary traditions of the day.