There is rarely any need to have an excuse to eat bacon, but the Monday before Shrove Tuesday (13th Feb 2018) offers a good reason to munch on the porcine morsels – for it is Collop Monday.
Rather overlooked now, Collop Monday was traditionally the day before Shrove Tuesday (aka, pancake day) and would have been part of the Shrovetide celebrations during the days before Lent.
The collops of which it is named from refers to meat — traditionally cured meats such as bacon — and would be eaten to use up the last of the meats that were not expected to be edible once Lent was over and eating meats was allowed again.
A traditional supper would consist of thick slices of bacon along with eggs, and the fats could be saved for the following day to help with making the pancakes.
I think eating a bacon based meal the evening before pancake day is a tradition that should be restored.
In Cornwall, they also have a tradition akin to Halloween’s trick or treat, known as Nickanan Night which is carried out on Collop Monday.
(updated – 4th Feb 2018)