Pancake traditions for Chandeleur
Tuesday 2 February is a Catholic holiday celebrated in France and known as Chandeleur. As well as going to church and lighting candles for Candlemas, the day is also celebrating by eating pancakes. Tradition attributes this custom to Pope Gelasius I. It is also said that the custom of eating pancakes heralds the return of Spring and emergence of the sun symbolised by the pancakes' round shape and golden colour.
One tradition to bring prosperity is to beat the pancake batter with the right hand while holding a gold coin in the left hand. Also, the first crêpe which is made should be kept in a cupboard to ensure a plentiful harvest later in the year. And, just for good measure, France will also be celebrating Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) a week later.
Posted by Chris at www.normandygiteholidays.com