It’s Mother Flipping Pancake Day! But What Do Pancakes Have to Do with Carnival?

It’s Mother Flipping Pancake Day! But What Do Pancakes Have to Do with Carnival?

While British families are stocking up on flour, milk and eggs in preparation for national Pancake Day on Tuesday 13 February, parts of the Netherlands are starting their 5-day debauchery called Carnaval today. Although these two events may seem worlds apart, they are actually very closely related.

About the Elfstedentocht: The Legendary Dutch Sports Event That Hasn’t Taken Place in over Two Decades!

About the Elfstedentocht: The Legendary Dutch Sports Event That Hasn’t Taken Place in over Two Decades!

Waking up to a world covered in a layer of ice this morning suddenly reminded me of the Elfstedentocht, an ice skating tour of nearly 200 kilometres in the Netherlands. Although this must be the most anticipated sports event in the country, it has only taken place 15 times since its very first official edition in 1909.