French Friday – La Fête de la Chandeleur

Said with a French accent: Screw the groundhog bring on the crêpes!

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That is the dialogue I imagine from every Frenchman on February 2nd.

Okay, yes. It was just me!

This past Tuesday was La Chandeleur (also known as Candlemas) which the people of France (and other predominantly Catholic) countries celebrate as the end of Epiphany.

I like it better as “the day we eat crêpes!”

I am a crepe fanatic, love to try them on multiple occasions whenever we are in France. I am going to Brittany again this May and will be certainly trying several. Like my favorite rabbit dish, of all the crêpes I have tried, I still love Mr. Misadventures’ the best, I am so spoiled!

Rather than writing more about this French holiday, I thought I would leave it to a few others by sharing some posts from many of the French blogs I read:

Bonjour Paris: Crêpes are flipping all over France, it’s La Chandeleur
French Letters: Pancakes-a-Go-Go
Little Brown Pen: La Chandeleur
Paris Insights: Crêpes for Candlemas

There are plenty of crêpes restaurants these days in the U.S. but if you can’t find one or get to one, you can try to make them at home. Here are some posts that, although not on the holiday itself, are very timely crêpes posts from this week with recipes included, or in the case of David’s check out the related links to his post:

David Lebovitz: Princess Crêpes Paris
Rustic Kitchen
: Recipe for a snowy day: dulce de leche crepes

What about you? Do you like crêpes?

Photo credit: Spotted on Pinterest, but original is from White Plate on Flickr.


  1. Risamay
    February 5, 2011

    Do I like crêpes? Well, no. J’adore crêpes! And I’d never heard of this fabulous fête before. I learned of it from Anne’s post –

    1. Andi
      February 6, 2011

      @Risamay, I didn’t know about it either!


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