Happy Pancake Day! I did some interesting research on the origins of this day, also called Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday. It is typically celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, to indulge in what you would plan to sacrifice during Lent. But it originally was a pagan holiday. Before Christianity was a thing, the Slavs believed that the change of seasons was a struggle between Jarilo, the god of vegetation, fertility and springtime, and the evil spirits of cold and darkness. People believed that they had to help Jarilo fight against winter and bring in the spring. The hot, round pancakes symbolized the sun. It was believed that by eating pancakes, they got the power, light and warmth of the sun. What do you think the syrup represents then? Think about that next time you carve into a stack of flapjacks.
So in honor of Pancake Day, and all things hot, round, and powerful like the sun, let’s shop this Wonderbra ad.