Candlemas at the European School: the history of crêpes!
Whether they're sweet or savoury, crêpes delight both young and old. As a meal, desert or snack, crêpes entice us with a very simple recipe that we can all master!
Sampled by your children at the European School during Candlemas, we invite you to discover where this holiday celebrated every 2 February comes from.
Candlemas was originally a Judeo-Christian celebration of the 40 days after Christmas.
At churches, candle processions were organised and each believer retrieved a candle and brought it home, making sure to keep it lit. Thus, the word Candlemas stems from "candle mass", created by the pope in 472.
But what does this have to do with crêpes? Over time, the evolution of beliefs and myths has been accompanied by superstitions:
If the farmers did not make crêpes on Candlemas, the wheat for the next harvest would not be of good quality. In order to ensure an abundant harvest, the first crêpe had to be tossed and flipped in the air with the right hand, while the left hand held a coin. The crêpe had to land back in the pan perfectly.
In addition, the shape and colour of crêpes are supposed to be reminiscent of the solar disc and thus the progressive lengthening of the days and the arrival of spring.
Other versions of the origins of Candlemas vary from different countries and traditions, and even allude to its creation in Gallo-Roman times.
As for the European School children, they all agree on one thing: crêpes on Candlemas are still good!