Prayers, Pancakes and Paintings

It’s Candlemas, or la Chandeleur in French, is celebrated on the second day of February, popularly known as le “jour des crêpes” or Pancake Day! Time to celebrate!

Bonjour From Brittany

Candlemas, or la Chandeleur in French, is celebrated on the second day of February, forty days after Christmas. Announcing the end of winter, the festival was, for centuries, closely associated with traditions related to purification, fertility, prosperity and light and is popularly known here as le jour des crêpes or Pancake Day.

Candlemas is one of those Christian festivals whose precise origins remain obscure. Many ascribe the establishment of the feast day to the 5th century pope, Gelasius I, but it seems that the celebrations were observed in Jerusalem well over a century before his time. The feast of Candlemas honours the presentation, in the Temple, of the infant Jesus, born forty days earlier on Christmas night, and the purification of the Virgin Mary. Its name is said to derive from the blessed candles that were carried in solemn procession to the church.

Candlemas by Jozef Israels
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  1. I love the pancake tradition for most any holiday and I loved reading about the background of this one

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  2. Very interesting. I imagine it was the French that brought this tradition over to North America.

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  3. We have Pancake Day too. But ours is not until the 16th of February this year. I am not religious, but I think it has something to do with Lent.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. Will be sitting down for some soon 😉

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