In the UK the most popular time is to eat pancakes on Pancake Day - the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent - known also as Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.
Pancake Day is a fabulous day of celebrating the day before abstinence sets in and traditionally a way to use up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.
If you fancy a change from the usual crepe-style pancakes this year, here is a selection of pancakes from around the world by the talented food writers at About.com, all perfect for Pancake Day and so good they can be eaten year-round.
The typical English pancake is thin and light and not dissimilar to a French crepe and usually eaten with sugar and lemon, or Golden Syrup.
What would breakfast be without a stack of pancakes drizzled with maple syrup. Delicious. The recipes for them seem endless. Here is a collection of 10 pancake recipes from About.com's Busy Cook Site guide Linda Larsen
The most famous pancake from Eastern Europe must be the blini, the perfect support for caviar or smoked salmon.
In Sweden Raggmunk is a savory potato pancake, served with bacon and Lingonberries. And, in Finland Pannukakku is oven baked and served with whipped cream and fruit for a lovely dessert.
Chinese Food Guide Rhonda Parkinson has three recipes for different Chinese pancakes. Scallion - Spring Onion Pancakes for a great breakfast dish. Sweet Red Bean Pancakes and Mandarin Pancakes to go with Mu Shu Pork.