La Chandeleur is celebrated on the 2nd of February every year because it was the day when Jesus was presented in the temple. Chandeleur comes from the Latin words, ‘candelorum festum,’ which mean the festival of candles. People rejoice this day by holding lit tapers.
The 2nd of February is also celebrated as Crepes Day every year. It is called jour des crêpes, when households all over France make the best crepes. The French believe crepes symbolize prosperity. It is the preferred food because its colour and form resemble that of the sun, apt for rejoicing when the days start becoming longer.
Crepes are the thinner and healthier version of pancakes made using flour, water or milk, eggs, and butter. Traditionally, they were made of buckwheat flour, though they are often prepared using white flour, almond flour, and chickpea flour as well.
French Customs Associated with Crepes Day
La Chandeleur is one of the most superstitious days in France. Going to a restaurant or the nearest fast food place on this day, and ordering crepes is not considered to fall into the celebration, which is why people make them at home. A few of the common customs of this festival are:
- The belief associated with holding a coin while making delicious crepes is that if you manage to flip your it and catch it without dropping the coin, you will have a prosperous year.
- Instead of having crepes for breakfast, which is the preferred time, people have them for dinner on this day.
- For good luck, some people save the first crepe and keep it in a drawer or some other hiding place, instead of eating it.
- Along with the savoury or sweet crepes, people also drink cider out of a round bowl instead of a glass.
How to Celebrate France’s Crepes Holiday?
Even if you are not French, a great way to celebrate this day is by making the best crepes you can! You could have them all day, sweet crepes with a variety of filling such as bananas, strawberries, apples and toppings like chocolate syrup, fresh cream, and maple syrup for breakfast and dessert. Make delicious savoury crepes with tasty fillings by using ingredients such as an assortment of vegetables, eggs, chicken, and more in your choice of sauces for lunch and dinner.
Visit Our Creperie to Try Some of the Best Crepes
Whether or not you believe in the customs of La Chandeleur, we serve freshly cooked crepes to all our customers at Crepe Delicious every day. We are known for our sweet and savoury crepes made of the finest and freshest ingredients. We are dedicated and passionate about creating tasty and nutritious meals for people on-the-go. We make sure that our crepes contain low fats and calories use an assortment of fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and cheeses to create a balanced and healthy meal.
If you wish to have a delicious breakfast or are looking for a fast food place that offers healthy choices, find the nearest location to you and visit us to try our preparations. We also have many refreshing flavours of gelato to complement your meal.