Cooking small pancakes at home is not good enough for this city, where a crowd of chefs cook colossal ones to divvy up between ravenous residents.


A video shows white-suited chefs wielding shovel-like paddles to cook enormous pancakes on a massive skillet in the city of Stavropol in south western Russia's Stavropol Krai.


It was the final day of the Russian carnival called Maslenitsa, when thecity traditionally sets up huge skillet and chefs make massive pancake for everyone to share.


One man can be seen pouring batter around the skillet as a number of others use shovels to turn it over to cook it.


The pancake was so big that the chefs struggled to cook it evenly, with some parts getting burnt.


But this did not deter crowds of revellers from enjoying a mouthful, with the residents tucking into the pancake slices handed out on a tray afterwards.


Kids and adults alike are seen grabbing handfuls of the batter to stuff in their mouths in celebration of the start of Lent.


Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday so the date changes from year to year but it is known as Fat Tuesday around Europe.


The day was traditionally the date used for feasting before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, and provided an opportunity to use up eggs and fats before the 40-day Lenten fast.


Pancake ingredients are said to symbolise the four pillars of the Christian faith: eggs for creation, flour for the human diet, salt for wholesomeness and milk for purity.

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