Despite its association with excess, the word ‘carnival’ has its roots in abstinence. Picture: AFP
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Pancake Day: what ‘carnival’ once meant and the origins of ‘shrove’

Mardi Gras, another name for Shrove Tuesday, reflects the tradition of consuming rich, fatty foods before Lent

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Despite its association with excess, the word ‘carnival’ has its roots in abstinence. Picture: AFP
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