The traditions says that a woman was making pancakes when she heard the church bells ring. She put on a scarf on her head and ran to the churchwearing an apron, and a pan with a pancake in her hand.
Today there are races for women, men and children in every big city or small town. These are the rules to participate in a race:
Wear a head scarf and an apron.
Toss the pancake at the start and at the end, after crossing the finish line, to prove that the pancake is still in the pan.
The traditional prize is a "Kiss of Peace" from the bell-ringer.
There is a friendly women competition between two cities: Liberal (Kansas, the USA) and Olney ( England, the UK). This competition started in 1950. The 2 races start simultaneously at 11:55 a.m. and women run about 380 metres to the church.
This is a video of 2012 competition in the town of Olney(England).
And this is a video of 2012 competition in the town of Liberal( the USA).
The world record for pancake tossing is 349 times in 2 minutes.
The biggest pancake ever tossed measured 15 metres in diametre.
Today is February 7th. It's Chinese New Year Eve. 2016 is The Year of the Monkey... the Fire Monkey! Each of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac has unique characteristics and each year corresponds to one animal. 2016 corresponds to the Monkey. If you were born in 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 you are a Monkey.
It is the year of the Monkey and it is also the year of Fire, one of the Five Elements(wood, fire, earth, metal and water). Fire is also associated with the colour red, so The Year of the Fire Monkey is also called the Year of the Red Monkey.
The Monkey is clever, inventive and energetic. They are sociable and funny. Because of their astute and curious side, they are often the problem-solvers. Fire is the element associated with brilliance, warmth, passion... Click at CHINESE ZODIAC FOR KIDSand read more about it.