National Pancake Day, also celebrated on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, recognizes one of the world’s oldest and favorite breakfast foods. While National Panckake Day occurs on February 21st each year in the United States, Shrove Tuesday and Fat Tuesday are celebrated in the United Kingdom and the US on the Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Christian observation of Lent, a period of fasting prior to Easter.

Pancakes as we know them appeared somewhere around 1100AD, though some records indicate similar cakes were enjoyed as far back as 600BC. Early pancakes were made of coarser grains compared to today’s fine flour cakes.

Check out restaurants near you for free or discounted pancakes on Pancake Day.