"Pancake Day" is one of those not-so-serious holidays that takes over social media from time to time. It's usually celebrated by — you guessed it — eating pancakes. Sometimes those pancakes are even free. But if it seems like we're constantly flipping out over the opportunity for free flapjacks, you're not entirely wrong.
So how many Pancake Day celebrations are there?
The short answer? Four. That's according to National Day Calendar, the unofficial online source for all those sometimes-too-specific holidays (Nov. 12 is National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day, for example).
Your next chance for celebratory pancakes comes on March 12, with IHOP's Free Pancake Day promotion.
IHOP offers a free short stack of pancakes to any customer who comes in between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and in return they ask for donations. This year's charity partners included Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
There's also the "official" National Pancake Day, which is celebrated each year on Sept. 26.
National Day Calendar suggests that it got its start in 2005 and was originally called Lumberjack Day. According to the site, "Marianne Ways and Collen AF Venable sought an excuse to eat pancakes and waffles with friends, and as it was one week after 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' and that theme had been worn out, eating lots of pancakes like a lumberjack seemed a better holiday than ever."
Whether that is enough of an excuse for you or not, you can observe the occasion by posting to social media using #NationalPancakeDay or by making any one of the variety of pancake recipes offered on the site.
If you want to be more specific with your celebration, there's also National Blueberry Pancake Day, which is observed each year on Jan. 28.
While National Day Calendar offers a recipe and cooking tips (hint: to avoid blue pancakes, drop the blueberries into the batter on the griddle rather than mixing them in beforehand), the researchers were not able to identify the founder of National Blueberry Pancakes Day.
And don't forget Shrove Tuesday, which is also sometimes called Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday. This takes place on the Tuesday before Lent, which is also Fat Tuesday. Whatever you call it, it's a day of feasting and celebration often observed by gorging on pancakes. It's meant to be a last hurrah before fasting begins for Lent.
If four pancake days seems like a lot, consider this: