02/02/2020 was a big day!
The French celebrated La Chandeleur (also known as Crêpe Day) while over 100 million Americans watched the Super Bowl, and Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow!
So as the French say: “À la Chandeleur, l’hiver cesse ou reprend vigueur,” which loosely translates to: “On Crêpe Day, winter will extend or spring will come early”. Who else is ready for an early spring?
Since I’m not a big fan of American football, and I was in France, I celebrated La Chandeleur instead of watching the Superbowl. But I did make sure to tune in to the halftime show, my favorite part of the SuperBowl, on Youtube. And what a great performance by Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.
Back to La Chandeleur: what is it and where does it come from? If you ask a Frenchmen, they most likely won’t have answer for you. But I found a short and simple explanation written by the Alliance Francaise of Boston:
“Also called Crêpe Day, la Chandeleur is a French holiday during which people traditionally eat crêpes and drink cidre (not to be confused with apple cider, this beverage is only for people over 21!).
Though la Chandeleur is often associated with the Catholic holiday of Candlemas, it actually stems from pagan traditions. While some say Chandeleur celebrates the return of sunny days (crêpes symbolize the sun), others say that making crêpes using flour left over from the harvest ensures prosperity in the coming year.
And, of course, there is the traditional coin ritual: if you can flip a crêpe while holding a coin in your other hand, you and your family will not have to worry about financial problems.” (To read more, click here).
So go ahead, flip a crêpe. I wish you and your family all the financial success this year. And bon appétit!