Crêpe Day is a delightful holiday celebrated annually on February 2nd. Originating in France, this day is dedicated to the enjoyment of crêpes, which are similar to pancakes but thinner and typically used to wrap around a dessert or other food.
The history of crêpes dates back to the 13th century in Brittany, France. According to some, a housewife accidentally dribbled some porridge onto a hot flat cooktop, and then, not wanting it to waste, ate it!
Crêpe Day, also known as "la Chandeleur" in France, began as a religious holiday associated with Candlemas but stems from more pagan traditions. On this day, the French people traditionally eat crêpes. It is believed to symbolize the sun, and its composition represents the flour of the harvest that will bring prosperity in the coming year.
Crêpes are usually made with eggs, flour, butter, milk, and a pinch of salt. Although they originated in France, they are now very famous in several countries around the world, including many parts of Europe and North Africa.
There is a belief that catching the crêpe with a frying pan after tossing it in the air with your right hand and holding a gold coin in your left would make you rich that year. The roundness and golden color of a crêpe resemble the sun and its rays, hinting at the change in the weather that Candlemas would bring.
For breakfast, you can try crêpes filled with some fruits, veggies, cheese, and eggs; for lunch, filled with cooked beans or turkey, cheese, and salsa; and as a dessert, filled with whipped cream or any pie filling and a top drizzled with berry sauce or chocolate.
In essence, Crêpe Day is a day to enjoy these delicious, thin pancakes in all their forms, and to invite good fortune into your lives.
How to Observe Crêpe Day
- Eat Crêpes for a Meal: You can have crêpes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For breakfast, try some crêpes filled with fruits, veggies, cheese, and eggs. For lunch, you can make crêpes filled with cooked beans or turkey, cheese, and salsa.
- Celebrate with French Traditions: On National Crêpe Day, a variety of interesting traditions are celebrated. Some people might cook their crêpes with a coin on top during the process of cooking, for good luck. Others think that it’s good luck to flip the crêpe with the left hand while holding a coin in the right.
- Make Crêpes at Home: This is a fun and delicious way to celebrate Crêpe Day. You can make classic crêpes or get creative with your fillings.
- Visit a Crêperie: If you don’t feel like making crêpes at home, head to a crêperie. You can enjoy crêpes made by professionals and try a variety of different flavors.
- Host a Crêpe Party: Invite your friends and family over for a crêpe party. You can make a variety of crêpes and enjoy them together.
Remember, the round shape of the crêpe represents the circle of life and the sun for a sign of hope. So go ahead, treat yourself to some delicious crêpes and celebrate Crêpe Day! Bon appétit!