Updated: 28/02/17 : 08:00:14
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Shrove Tuesday will see Irish eat over 12,000,000 pancakes

A staggering 12,173,606 pancakes will be eaten in Ireland today, despite one third of the population (33%) not knowing the meaning of Shrove Tuesday, according to new research.

The age-old tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, commonly known as Pancake Tuesday, has been celebrated for centuries as a way of using forbidden foods before the religious fasting period of Lent.

The survey, commissioned by Siúcra, revealed that a lack of awareness of the real meaning behind the feast day won’t stop the majority (67%) of the population marking the occasion, with the average person enjoying 2.55 pancakes.