Living nearly half my life in England made me forgetting the Austrian version of Pancake day. On January 6th is epiphany, the Three Kings Day, when the carnival and ball season starts. Every profession like bakers, lawyers, doctors etc have their ball. The season ends on Faschingsdienstag, pancake day with everyone dressing up having a big party. And everyone eats Faschingskrapfen = Fasching means carneval, Krapfen means doughnut.
So with the food we have a common understanding as on Ash Wednesday lent starts so we have to eat up all the eggs, flour and fat until Easter when we can stuff ourselves with chocolate eggs.