The ceremony involves the rocking of an infant in a cradle, in remembrance of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.The connection between pancakes and Shrove Tuesday dates back to when fasting in Lent was strictly observed.
The fishermen then set out to make their first catch of the season Originally a pagan priest in third century Rome, St Valentine became a Christian convert.
Despite being noted for his chastity, he became the patron saint of lovers.
It became an old country custom to choose sweethearts on his feast day.
It meant that the end of a long winter was in sight, and green pastures were only a few months away.
During the Imbolc ritual it was customary to pour milk (or cream) onto the earth.