National Pancake Day
February 24, 2009
Yes, I know what your thinking- this is some made up holiday by IHOP to promote and sell pancakes. Actually, this is not the case. Pancake Tuesday is a holiday that has been celebrated for several centuries, it’s more commonly referred to as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardis Gras. Regardless of the name you call this holiday feast, it is celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, on the day before the beginning of lent. During the 40 days of Lent, Christians were required to fast and followed strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products. Therefore, their celebration feast included pancakes as a great way to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products before lent.
As a wonderful way to mark Pancake Tuesday and make a difference in the lives of many Children IHOP will be giving out free short stacks of pancakes (3 large pancakes) to all of its customers from 7am to 10pm! The promotion includes their classic buttermilk pancakes, and there is a limit of one stack per guest.
IHOP offers this promotion to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit that raises money for children’s hospitals around the country. Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly two million dollars to support charities in the communities in which it operates. With your help, they hope to raise $1,000,000 for Children’s Miracle Network in 2009!
Since the pancakes are Free, IHOP is hoping you feel inclined to donate the cost of your breakfast or more. Think about it – where else can you get a FREE delicious breakfast and help to make a difference in a child’s life!
If you can’t make it to IHOP, make some pancakes at home and donate online at >