From Pancake Day to Mardi Gras: Indulgent pre-Lenten food and fests around the world

Swedish Semla (left), a cardamom-flavoured bun filled with cream and almond paste, and Brazil's samba Carnival are among the pre-Lenten traditions around the world. PHOTOS: STACY LIM, AFP
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SINGAPORE - One Tuesday in 2007, my British flatmates told me it was Pancake Day and that we would mark the occasion by making pancakes for tea.

In Britain, some people refer to their evening meal as tea.

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