(Also known as La Chandeleur)
Crêpe Day is observed next on Friday, February 2nd, 2024 (56 days from today).
Who doesn't love crepes? Created and made famous by the French, Crêpes are like a pancake only thinner and often used to wrap around desserts or other foods.
Crêpe Day, also known as la Chandeleur in France, is celebrated on February 2nd and began as a religious holiday associated with the Candlelight Feast, but is rooted in more pagan traditions. On this day, the French traditionally eat crêpes. Believed to celebrate the return of sunny days, the crêpes represent the sun and the ingredient represents the dough of the harvest that will bring prosperity in the coming year.
History of Crêpe Day
Crepes are a form of pancakes, so maybe we were a little less fair with the opening volley, but they're everything a pancake wants and isn't! Pancakes always leave you with a heavy feeling of fullness that can make you tired, not pancakes! Crepes are a little light flavor surrounded by a wonderful filling. That's the magic of crepes, they can be anything!
Are you craving for breakfast with fruit? Put some peaches on your crepes and add some crème, roll them up and voila, it's delicious! What's that? Want a savory dinner? It's okay, there's nothing like a rich beef and mushroom crepe mixed with gravy to end the day. Snack time? Peanut butter and jelly on leftover cold crepes from this morning.
That's right, crepes can be anything, anything! Our personal favorite? Fresh chocolate crepe with frozen vanilla yogurt and caramel sauce. We told you, crepes can be anything! "What about the cake?” Take a rich vanilla filling, and put down a crepe, paint one layer, cover another crepe, another and so on until you have the equivalent of a sandwich. Dagwood, deliciously packed and sky high!
Uniting the World on Crêpe Day
With the meaning of bringing people together, Crepe Day is a fun day to do this. Below are some interesting ways to enjoy this holiday with your friends and family.
- There is a crepe party. Invite friends, have everyone bring an ingredient of their choice to include in the crepe. Anything from Steaks, vegetables, fruits and sweets can be rolled up into a crepe.
- Have a dinner party with crepes. Don't risk the selections suggested by your dinner guests, create your own savory and sweet crepes and turn it into a delightful surprise dinner.
- Create some fun afternoon/after-school snacks. Let your kids roll their own meat and cheese crepes or fruit and yogurt crepes.
- Make Some Delicious Breakfast Crepes Taylor Swift Style "I love making buckwheat crepes with ham, Parmesan cheese and a fried egg on top. It's my go-to breakfast."
- Play the traditional coin ritual. If you can flip a crêpe with one hand while holding a coin in the other, you will have financial prosperity and no financial worries in the coming year.
How to celebrate Crêpe Day
Eating a delicious crepe is a simple way to celebrate Crêpe Day. What other encouragement do you need? We've drawn up a list of great ideas and the list doesn't stop there! Pumpkin Spice crepes? Done. Apple cinnamon crepe for breakfast with sliced apples in cinnamon and caramel sauce? Who doesn't like that? How about you fill them with crème and then cover them with cherry pie filling? Get into that kitchen and let your imagination run wild!
This is a fun way to celebrate la Chandeleur in French classes. All you need is a crêpe recipe, ingredients, a paper plate, and a small prize, such as a book or a $5 bill. Thanks to a French teacher for sharing this.
1. The day before, ask a few students to make a bunch of crêpes and bring them to class (or make their own). For an even playing field, the crêpes should be the same size, about 5 inches in diameter.
2. Give each student a paper plate and write their name below. The object of the game is to catch a crêpe in the center of the plate.
3. Stand on a chair about 10 feet away from the students and throw a crêpe, a discus throw, for the students to catch. Once they caught the crêpe, they couldn't sway or flip it to try to reposition it on the plate.
4. After each student has caught a crêpe, ask two adults, such as a teacher, to come into the room and rate which crêpe is the perfect center. The winner will receive a prize.
5. Then you can all celebrate by eating crêpes with a variety of fillings and/or toppings, be they sweet or savory.
ObservedCrêpe Day has been observed annually on February 2nd.
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