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La Chandeleur


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About French celebration on the 2nd of February.

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La Chandeleur

  1. 1. La chandeleur: le 2 f évrier.
  2. 2. What is it about? <ul><li>La chandeleur means candlemas and is </li></ul><ul><li>celebrated on the 2 nd of February, </li></ul><ul><li>40 days after Christmas. </li></ul><ul><li>Its name comes from the word &quot;candle&quot;. </li></ul>
  3. 3. A bit of history: <ul><li>Initially, at the time of the Romans, it was a festival </li></ul><ul><li>in honor of the god Pan. All night, believers </li></ul><ul><li>roamed the streets of Rome waving torches. </li></ul><ul><li>In 472, Pope Gelasius 1st decided </li></ul><ul><li>the festival would celebrate the presentation of </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus in the temple. Every believer would take a </li></ul><ul><li>candle in the church and return home by being </li></ul><ul><li>careful to keep it lit. </li></ul>
  4. 4. A tradition: les cr êpes. <ul><li>By making crepes, farmers believed </li></ul><ul><li>wheat would grow better. </li></ul><ul><li>In families, people would skip the first pancake with </li></ul><ul><li>the right hand while holding a gold coin in the left </li></ul><ul><li>hand. Then, the gold coin was wrapped in the </li></ul><ul><li>pancake before being carried in procession by the </li></ul><ul><li>whole family into the bedroom where it was deposited </li></ul><ul><li>on the top of the cupboard until next year. The coin </li></ul><ul><li>was then given to a poor the following year. </li></ul><ul><li>If all these rituals were observed, the family was sure </li></ul><ul><li>to have money all year. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Proverbs related to candlemas. Can you understand them? <ul><li>À la Chandeleur, l'hiver se meurt ou prend vigueur. </li></ul><ul><li>À la Chandeleur, la neige est à sa hauteur. (du Qu ébec) </li></ul><ul><li>À la Chandeleur, le jour croît de deux heures. </li></ul><ul><li>À la Chandeleur, grande neige et froideur. </li></ul><ul><li>Si la louve se met au soleil, le 2 février : six semaines </li></ul><ul><li>d'hiver derrière. </li></ul><ul><li>Si la chandelle est belle et claire, nous avons l'hiver derrière, </li></ul><ul><li>si le ciel n'est ni clair ni beau, nous aurons plus de vin que d'eau. </li></ul><ul><li>(de Bordeaux) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Le bon matériel pour faire des crêpes
  7. 8. C’est une cr êpe salée ou sucrée ? <ul><li>Une cr êpe au chocolat. </li></ul><ul><li>Une cr êpe au sucre. </li></ul><ul><li>Une cr êpe au jambon. </li></ul><ul><li>Un cr êpe au miel. </li></ul><ul><li>Une cr êpe au fromage. </li></ul><ul><li>Une cr êpe à la chantilly. </li></ul><ul><li>Une cr êpe complète (oeuf – jambon – fromage) </li></ul>