Pancakes are also associated with the day preceding Lent as a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the 40 days of fasting for Lent. During Lent, there is emphasis on eating plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure, often meaning no meat, dairy, or eggs.
Around the globe, including Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand this day is also known as “Pancake Day” as it is a common custom to eat pancakes as a meal. In Newfoundland, small tokens are frequently cooked in the pancakes. Children take delight in discovering the objects, which are intended to be divinatory. For example, the person who receives a coin will be wealthy; a nail that they will become or marry a carpenter.