The English Reformation in the 16th Century was the series of events that led to the creation of the Church of England – when the English broke away from the power of the Roman Catholic church.
For most of my life, I never really considered the significance of this, other than the knowledge that if I had ever met and wanted to get married to an English princess I could never be a King thanks to my own Catholic background.
But now I have moved to Brazil, and as Lent begins this week, I can see a huge glaring difference.
In England, the tradition is to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday – a way of seeking absolution for the crap we eat all year, get rid of it all, and eat more humble food for the following 40 days up to Easter.
In Brazil, the entire country goes wild and nobody does any work for a week… because it’s the CARNIVAL season!
Henry VIII has a lot to answer for…