Happy Chandeleur! Today is the day of the crêpe in France.
What is the Chandeleur?
It is celebrated every February 2, or 40 days after Christmas. It’s a Catholic holiday that commemorates the Virgin Mary’s purification and the baby Jesus’s presentation. In France, it is also called the Fête de la Lumière and the Crepes Day.
What does Chandeleur mean?
Chandeleur means candlelight festival, hence the candles that were lit in houses.
Chandeleur in popular culture: crêpes According to Chandeleur’s tradition, crêpes symbolize the sun’s return after the “extended” winter nights. At the beginning of February, the star is rising earlier and earlier in the east and set later and later in the west (day length increases by three minutes per day). Therefore, the consumption of pancakes would be a tribute to nature’s rebirth, to the cycle of seasons, and more specifically in the coming spring.
The crêpe’s Tradition
In the tradition, crêpes are sautéed with the right hand holding a coin or gold coin in your left hand. The goal is to get the crêpes to land in the pan. If it lands correctly and you have the gold coin (two euros or a dollar is fine too) On the right hand, you won’t run out of cash this year! Superstitions also accompany this holiday. If the peasants didn’t make pancakes at Candlemas, the wheat would be bad the following year. To ensure that the harvest will be good and the finances prosperous, they had to turn the first pancake by throwing it in the air with the right hand while holding a Louis d’or in the left hand, making sure that it falls perfectly into the pan. The pancake is then placed on top of a cupboard.
The Chandeleur in The World
In Luxembourg, the current tradition inherits the torchlight procession because currently, children walk the streets in groups on the evening of February 2, holding a lantern or a baguette. They sing traditional songs hoping to receive sweets in return.
In Mexico, Candlemas is a public holiday and an opportunity to eat tamales, corn flour-based papillotes that can be salty or sweet and filled with meat or fruit.
In the United States and Canada, February 2 is associated with another holiday, “Groundhog Day,” where tradition has it that we observe a groundhog’s reaction when it comes out of its bed. Terrier. If she comes out and does not see her shadow (due to the clouds in the sky), it is a sign that winter will end soon. On the contrary, if she sees her shadow (due to the clear sky), it will mean that the winter will last another 6 weeks.
Crepes RecipeCourse: classic, Event, French Recipes, Talk About Food, Tradition/EventsCuisine: FrenchDifficulty: Easy
2 cups flour
4 cups milk
1 vanilla pod
- In a bowl, beat eggs and milk
- Slowly add the liquid mixture to the flour while stirring. The mixture should become pretty smooth.
- Cover and let sit for at least an hour
- Once ready, heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Butter the pan
- Pour 1/3 cup batter into pan. Spread the batter out into a thin circle
- When the bottom of the crêpe begins to brown, after a few minutes, flip the crêpe by siding a spatula underneath. Cook briefly on another side.
- Repeat with the remaining batter and butter the pan each time
- Serve with chocolate & strawberry, chocolate & banana, sugar, jelly, Nutella.
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