This month the Chandeleur, most commonly known as ‘Crepe Day’, is celebrated in France, Belgium and Switzerland.
This holiday comes from pagan traditions related to fertility. Originally, people carried torches down the street. The crepes were made with the leftover wheat as a homage to the Sun God.
In the fifth century, Pope Gelasio I made it a Catholic festival for the presentation of Jesus in the temple. From this moment the torches changed to candles. The Pope ordered salty crepes to be distributed to pilgrims arriving in Rome on February 2.
This traditional festival is celebrated in the family. Crepes are a dish that can be eaten at any time of the day; however on this day they usually eat in the afternoon.
It seems that this tradition is also linked to some other tradition. For example: When making them in the frying pan, a coin must be held in the left hand while they are thrown upwards. If the Crepe returns to the pan intact, it means that you will have prosperity that year.
To pay homage to this party, we have decided to organize a session with the sixth grade students in which we will make creps in our Maker Space room. We will not have the opportunity to turn them because we will have electric crepe makers to make them, but they will experience the process of making and tasting this exquisite dessert. As we are an international school, we have invited German students and immersion students to participate and and we will explore the original recipe in the corresponding languages (French, German or Spanish).