Enid M. Chadwick, My Book of the Church’s Year (London : Mowbray, 1948)
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Today is La Chandeleur in France ! It’s basically Pancake Day.
Candlemas, a Catholic holiday is celebrated exactly 40 days after Christmas – every 2nd of February to be precise. For the Catholics it is a feast to commemorate the Virgin Mary’s purification and the presentation of the child Jesus. Originating as a Roman feast, this tradition has been observed from generation to generation and even to this day.
In France, Candlemas holiday is called La Chandeleur (The word “Chandeleur” comes from ‘candelarum’ or candle in Latin), Fête de la Lumière or jour des crêpes. One of the highlights of this French celebration is eating a lot of crêpes on Chandeleur, along with a bit of fortune telling while the crêpe is being made. Part of the French tradition is holding a coin with the writing hand and a crêpe pan held by the other hand. The crêpe is flipped into the air. If the crêpe is caught in the pan, it is believed that the family will be prosperous for the rest of the year.
Chandeleur is known in today’s generation as Crêpes Day or Pancake Day. It has become a non-religious family occasion for families, especially the young children. At night, crepes are made and flipped. The crepe is a reminder of the sun which symbolizes the return of the spring as the days get longer in February. The crepe has a round shape, like that of a coin. Of course the crepe’s round shape symbolizes prosperity.