Here it is, the long-awaited day has arrived! It is February 2nd, Candlemas Day! With winter coming, what better way to warm up than to organize a « crepe party » with the whole family? By the way, do you know where this tradition of eating crepes on Candlemas Day comes from? Let us find out the origins of this convivial tradition! Little Guest has also prepared for you a delicious crepe recipe to make at home on the occasion of this special day!
The word Candlemas is derived from the Latin « festa candelaria » or « the festival of candles ». In Roman times, the festival of candles was a pagan tradition where the faithful honoured their dead and the god Pan by lighting candles and torches and walking through the streets all night long. Crepes were also eaten as a symbol of light.
In 472, Candlemas became a Judeo-Christian celebration and considered the feast of the presentation of Jesus Christ. According to a Jewish tradition, a mother who has recently given birth must wait 40 days before presenting her new-born child to the priest. February 2nd, which falls exactly 40 days after Christmas, is therefore the day on which Mary presented Jesus Christ to the priest. On this occasion, candles were lit and blessed to bring good luck to the faithful and to ward off sickness and evil spirits for the year. The Pope also distributed crepes to the poor as a good omen.
Round and golden crepes symbolize the Sun and light. At the time when agriculture was the only means of subsistence, eating crepes on February 2nd, when winter was coming to an end, was a way to ensure that the crops were plentiful throughout the year.
Today, this agricultural dimension has disappeared, but we still enjoy delicious crepes with our family on February 2nd!
At Little Guest, Candlemas Day is a moment of conviviality to share with the family. What could be better than preparing delicious crepes to gather the whole tribe?
Here is our crepe recipe to make with your children which will delight the taste buds of the entire family:
Did you know that Candlemas Day is celebrated in very different ways depending on the country and its traditions?
No matter what your traditions are, Little Guest hopes that you and your family will enjoy this moment – as well as delicious crepes!
Léna, 23 years old, travel and food enthusiast, from Liège, Belgium