While the month of December in France is known for Christmas markets and light festivals, and January is known for Galette des Rois, the month of February is known for crêpes, and February 2nd is specifically known for the French holiday of Chandeleur or Jour des Crêpes. Coincidentally, Ground Hog’s Day is also celebrated in the United States on February 2nd each year (Spoiler Alert: there are six more weeks of winter.)
Historically, the Catholic holiday of Candlemas, or Chandeleur began as a feast in the honor of the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of baby Jesus. Today, the holiday is celebrated by eating crêpes (basically thin pancakes which are then eaten with sweet jams, fruit, Nutella, or salty meat and sauces.)
Legend also has it that the crêpe maker must hold a coin in his or her writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and then flip the crêpe into the air. If he or she manages to catch the crêpe back in the pan, one can be certain of a prosperous year (See how that corresponds with the Groundhog seeing his shadow?)
This year I had a few girlfriends over to celebrate the occasion. It was an absolutely fabulous way to spend a Sunday evening.