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Shrove Tuesday (not a public holiday, but always falling on a Sunday)
Shrove Tuesday will always fall on a Sunday 49 days (7 weeks) before the first day of Easter, ie in the period 1 February to 7 March, (or in leap years 2 February to 7 March).
The word fastelavn itself comes from the German word vastel-avent which means fasting evening, ie "the evening before fasting".
The name is pronounced "fastelaven", and is often misspelled as such.
Originally, Lent was on Tuesday night, Shrove Tuesday, before Lent.
But gradually, Lent was extended to t ...