What People in Normandy Will Be Eating This Evening

As if eating frangipane flavoured puff pastry cakes throughout January wasn’t enough, people in Normandy will be eating pancakes (crêpes) this evening. Today is a religious festival known as La Chandeleur (Candlemas) that is celebrated on the 2nd February – exactly 40 days after Christmas. French pancakes tend to be fairly thin and are cooked […]

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 […]