Quand la Chandeleur est claire, l’hiver est par derriere; Chandeleur couverte, quarante jours de perte! If February 2 is clear, no more winter to fear; if the Chandeleur is overcast, forty days winter to last!
The Chandeleur is our version of Groundhog Day. Today, 02/02, is La Chandeleur, a feast to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of baby Jesus. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times- French people use any excuse to have a grand party. French people eat loads of crêpes on this day.
On the Chandeleur, you can even use the process of making a crepe to predict your future! What you do is you pour your crepe batter into your pan, cook it on one side. Then you find a coin, hold it in your non dominant hand, and then try to flip your crepe over onto the other side using JUST your other hand. If you manage to have your crepe land perfectly in the pan singlehandedly, enjoy good luck for the rest of the year! If not, suffer bad luck – or, just try again!
Chez mes amis, we celebrated the Chandeleur a few days early, but that’s all right. If you remember my post from the last crepe party I went to, you’ll remember that we used a special grill that can be used for raclette or crepe making. Well, I’m showing you this because it’s also possible to fry crepes in a pan. We didn’t do this fortune telling business, but we did manage to eat about 4 crepes per person. Two salty crepes of chicken, emmental cheese, and bechamel sauce, and then two sweet crepes of nutella and speculoos. Well done, team Genzyme. Well played.