‘Saint Pancake in the first place, especially a fun tradition’
St. Pancake party is growing in the last few years more and more in size and popularity. Still, the tradition, to which people on 29 november, a pancake on their head for charity, in the first place, in a fun event.
The organization of Saint Pancake says to NU.nl aware outside political and religious discussions. “There should be no offense to be taken to things. Things where people could disturb you,” explains Jan of the Cologne of Saint Pancake Rotterdam.
The event was in 1986 for the first time in Jan, Jans and the Children recorded by Jan Cross. Catootje, one of the characters from the strip, has a meaning in pancakes. According to the grandfather is a Rotterdam tradition on november 29, the dish to eat. The whole family waits for the father in the evening with a pancake on its head and shouts: “We wish you a joyous and blessed St. Pancake!”
The event is the last years have grown in popularity. In the beginning, celebrated especially student associations and churches of Saint Pancake for a good cause. Nowadays, there are several restaurants and locations that Tuesday making pancakes the ingredients are sponsored. Visitors should themselves determine what they pay for their pancake. “Some people find it so fun that they are 50 or 60 euros to leave, others contribute 1 or 2 euros.”
The proceeds go to the Leprosy Foundation, Stichting Jarige Job and the Stripmuseum in Groningen. The organization expects this year on the location in Rotterdam is between 2,000 and 2,500 euros.
This year for the first time, cards and stamps sold from the tradition. Tuesday morning were already four hundred stamps and a hundred tickets sold.
Cologne can the thought of people understand that tradition is a form of food waste. “But a lot of people will do a napkin in between so that the pancake can still eat. And men who are bald, have no problems with it.”
Outside of the eating of the pancakes, other actions are being organised to raise money for charity. In Rotterdam is a bingo held in Groningen sell ladies crochet pancakes.
“The funny thing is that there isn’t really a age related. Still, we see many students who are celebrating, who are of course always in for crazy parties,” said Cologne.