Candlemas - The Crepes Day

Crepes Suzette by LadyDuck
By Anna
@LadyDuck (426241)
Switzerland
February 2, 2021 8:13am CST
Today we celebrate the Catholic holiday of Candlemas. The superstition is more or less the same as Groundhog Day. Anyway, we all know that winter is here to stay for many more days. To celebrate Candlemas, we make crêpes, savory or sweet, it does not matter. Students in France play the crepes games. To play the game, you get a pile of crepe and write on paper plates the name of each student. Then, you stand on a table (or a chair), a few feet from them, and throw the crepes. The students must catch the crepes. The winner is the one who catches the crepe in the center of the plate. Once the game is over, all the students eat the crepes, the winner gets an extra topping and honorable mention. Any special tradition on this 2nd day of February? The photo is mine - My crêpes Suzette.
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@CarolDM (201557)
• United States
2 Feb 21
Just Groundhog day today. Yours sounds like more fun.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 21
At least we have an excuse to enjoy some crêpes.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 21
@CarolDM Thank you.
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@CarolDM (201557)
• United States
2 Feb 21
@LadyDuck Exactly! Enjoy.
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@DaddyEvil (111054)
• United States
2 Feb 21
I've never heard of your holiday. It sounds like fun.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 21
It's a Catholic Holiday, the Presentation of Jesus to the Temple. When we lived in the south of France all people made crêpes.
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@DaddyEvil (111054)
• United States
2 Feb 21
@LadyDuck Oh, gotcha. Thank you for telling me. I appreciate that. Pretty and I have made crepes before. They were okay.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 21
@DaddyEvil I like to make savory crêpes, stuffed with mushrooms, ham and white sauce are my favorite.
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@much2say (50464)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Feb 21
I love crepes but haven't made them. Well I may have tried once, but it didn't come out "thin". Of course yours are quite perfect . Do you use a special pan? I love these traditions that include food !
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@much2say (50464)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Feb 21
@LadyDuck What kinds of filing do you make? At one restaurant here, I used to order them with a spinach and mushroom filling . . . ohhhh, I miss that so much!!
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
5 Feb 21
@much2say My favorite filling is ham and mushrooms and white sauce, but also shrimps filling is very good and a cheese filling.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
4 Feb 21
I use the flat pan that I place on the stove. The temperature of the pan is important. To make them thin you have to grease the pan, heat, pour a little quantity of dough in the pan and quickly spread over the bottom. After a few trials it is not really difficult. We both like crêpes, both sweet and savory.
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@BelleStarr (61945)
• United States
2 Feb 21
No we never celebrated it in this way but I am aware it is the last day of the Christmas season. I should take down my Christmas trees but I don't think I will. lol
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@BelleStarr (61945)
• United States
2 Feb 21
@LadyDuck yes I know that is why it ends the Christmas season.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 21
@BelleStarr We end Christmas season with the Epiphany on January 6th.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 21
Today is the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, this is the celebration of Candlemas.
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@rakski (102758)
• Philippines
3 Feb 21
that is a nice game!!! I wish I know how to a crepe
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
3 Feb 21
@rakski I use a flat spatula to turn the crêpes.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
3 Feb 21
It is not difficult to make crêpes, look at YouTube videos, it's all in the way you turn the dough in the pan.
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@rakski (102758)
• Philippines
3 Feb 21
@LadyDuck I am bad at turning. ahaha
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@just4him (272504)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Feb 21
That's an interesting game. Your picture looks delicious.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
6 Feb 21
@just4him I have the habit, but you must pay attention, when you pour the liquor it can be dangerous.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
6 Feb 21
Students liked the game. Thank you, I took a photo before flaming and serving.
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@just4him (272504)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Feb 21
@LadyDuck I'm sure they would like the game. I've heard of flaming the crepes but never saw it done.
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@snowy22315 (149048)
• United States
2 Feb 21
I have heard of Candlemas, but I never knew what it was. Thanks! I guess people like to entertain themselves with traditions during the cold months.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 21
Crepes are always good, it's a nice excuse to make some and eat. It is sunny here, but from tomorrow the fog is back.
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@snowy22315 (149048)
• United States
2 Feb 21
@LadyDuck The sun is trying to come out here, but it is petty cold. I want the snow to start melting a little, but it might not be too much today.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 21
@snowy22315 It stayed cold despite the sun, but no rain at least.
• United States
3 Feb 21
Those crepes look delicious. Didn’t know about this tradition, neat to have learned :)
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• United States
3 Feb 21
@LadyDuck do you have any filling in yours?
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
4 Feb 21
@infatuatedbby Not in those I made, as they were Crêpes Suzettes. You prepare the crêpes first, than you make a sauce with orange juice, sugar, heat on the stove, add the crêpes, pour orange liquor and flame the crêpes.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
3 Feb 21
I like crêpes, they are a good dessert, not too sweet.
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@Shavkat (130302)
• Philippines
3 Feb 21
It s my first time to hear it. I am a Catholic that never celebrates this.
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@Shavkat (130302)
• Philippines
4 Feb 21
@LadyDuck We only acknowledge this by letting the males be circumcised here.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
4 Feb 21
@Shavkat Males are not circumcised in Europe, only a very little percentage. Jewish and Muslims are circumcised.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
3 Feb 21
We celebrate in Europe, it is the day Jesus was presented to the Temple for the circumcision.
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@wolfgirl569 (68947)
• Marion, Ohio
2 Feb 21
Just another cold day here.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 21
Sunny today, they announced rain, but the sky is blue.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 21
@wolfgirl569 This time I am glad they were wrong.
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@wolfgirl569 (68947)
• Marion, Ohio
2 Feb 21
@LadyDuck We have sun too. Glad they were wrong
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• Midland, Michigan
2 Feb 21
I love crepes and used to own a credit pan to make my own when I was in my twenties. When I was in school we visited Montreal and one restaurant was a house of crepes. Yum! Those were the days. I had some in the eighties at a mall in Detroit but none since. I didn't realize candlemas was similar to groundhogs day.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
3 Feb 21
I have a flat pan to make crêpes, I bought it many years ago in France. I often make crepes at home, but sweet and savory. Candlemas is the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, only the superstition about the weather is similar to groundhog day.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
3 Feb 21
@MarshaMusselman Epiphany is the 6th of January, the celebration of the visit of the 3 wise kings to Jesus. Candlemas is "circumcision", the day Jesus was presented at the temple. Candlemas is also called Feast of the Presentation or Purification.
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• Midland, Michigan
3 Feb 21
@LadyDuck I didn't know there was a superstition about the weather over there to which just happens to fall on the same day as here. I was thinking we used to have a celebration for when Jesus was presented too but I don't recall if it was called that or a different name. I thought at first epiphany but see that's in January not this month. I've not been a catholic since I was 26 so I don't remember all of the celebratory days.
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@DeborahDiane (38623)
• Laguna Woods, California
1 Apr 21
@LadyDuck - I see I have missed your last few posts, so I will catch up this evening. I love crepes. We just discovered a new crepe restaurant with outdoor seating just two blocks from our church, and my husband and I ate there after the Palm Sunday service. It was wonderful!
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
2 Apr 21
@DeborahDiane My husband loves stuffed crêpes this is something I often do on Sundays for our brunch. I also like mushrooms and ham or simply cheese.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
1 Apr 21
Thank you for visiting my posts. I like crepes and my husband too, I often make crepes, both sweet and savory. I made shrimps stuffed crepes last Friday.
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• Laguna Woods, California
1 Apr 21
@LadyDuck - Shrimp stuffed crepes sound wonderful. I was pleased to discover this crepe restaurant so near our church. We will go again ... but not on Easter morning, when it is likely to be crowded.
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@thelme55 (76629)
• Germany
3 Feb 21
That sounds a fun game to play with the crepes. I have not heard of this holiday. Thanks for sharing.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
4 Feb 21
I do not believe that you celebrate the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Germany... may be in your native country you do.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
5 Feb 21
@thelme55 I know they surely celebrate in Spain... in Italy not as we did in the past.
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@thelme55 (76629)
• Germany
4 Feb 21
@LadyDuck I don´t believe that either. I think we do that in the Philippines but I have not done it.
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@Nevena83 (66126)
• Serbia
7 Feb 21
I had never heard of that holiday. Sounds interesting, especially the part with pancakes.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
8 Feb 21
May be you have this celebration with another name "Presentation of Jesus at the Temple for circumcision", this is the event.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
8 Feb 21
@Nevena83 That is Candlemas.
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@Nevena83 (66126)
• Serbia
8 Feb 21
@LadyDuck Yes, we have the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus.
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@AKRao24 (27583)
• India
14 Mar 21
In India we don't have anything like this on this day! It sounds quite interesting one! We get to learn many things here, that too the first hand information which makes this site attractive one!
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@AKRao24 (27583)
• India
14 Mar 21
@LadyDuck , That is true! I was bit busy with my other offline tasks so I hardly used to attend any online sites! Noe hopefully I will come for some time to spend a quality time here! So how are the things at your end Anna?
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
14 Mar 21
@AKRao24 I am really glad to see you back. I am fine and my husband too. The Covid situation is still pretty bad here in Europe, but we are fine. We try to stay at home and only go out when not many people are around.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
14 Mar 21
Thank you, I agree that we know so much from other cultures here. Welcome back, it was a long time I did not see you around.
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@sprite1950 (30546)
• Corsham, England
3 Nov 21
I don't think we have these traditions in the UK. I'm not catholic but my friend's family is and I have never heard them talk of either of these.
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@sprite1950 (30546)
• Corsham, England
3 Nov 21
@LadyDuck It is a nice tradition. Anyone could do it if they wanted no matter where they came from.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
3 Nov 21
@sprite1950 I like crepes, no matter if savory or sweet. I think it's a nice tradition.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
3 Nov 21
We have nothing like that in Italy or here in Switzerland it is was specifically for France.
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@jobelbojel (34911)
• Philippines
8 Feb 21
I like crepes and would like to join the game so that I can have my crepes. That sounds exciting rather than getting it in the store.
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@jobelbojel (34911)
• Philippines
15 Feb 21
@LadyDuck I never make my own crepes. I go to the mall to buy.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
15 Feb 21
@jobelbojel I never buy and I always make my crepes, if you knew how much better home made crepes are. Those you buy are "chewy".
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
8 Feb 21
I never buy crepes, I always make them myself at home. Students had fun with the game.
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@DianneN (245926)
• United States
3 Feb 21
Sounds like fun, but if I had done that with my students, I would have fallen off the chair in my high heels. My nephew’s birthday falls on February 2, which is Groundhog’s day here.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
3 Feb 21
I would have not dared to play that game. I am sure I would have thrown crêpes on the head of the poor students. Belated happy birthday to your nephew.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
3 Feb 21
@DianneN I fully agree and "flaming" crêpes would also be dangerous.
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@DianneN (245926)
• United States
3 Feb 21
Thank you! @LadyDuck Crepes are good for eating, not throwing.
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@nela13 (52942)
• Portugal
8 Mar 21
I am catholic but I don't know that tradition, the crepes one.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
8 Mar 21
It's only in France, I am Catholic too, but we only went to Church to have the candles blessed on "Purification Day" (Candlemas).
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
10 Mar 21
@nela13 I remember that I went with my mother when I was a young girl. I have the feeling that young generations are losing those traditions.
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@nela13 (52942)
• Portugal
10 Mar 21
@LadyDuck that is our tradition too.
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• Semarang, Indonesia
7 Feb 21
Happy Candlemas. It's great to be able to celebrate by making your favorite food. The family will love it. Crepes are a light snack but make you want more
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
7 Feb 21
Thank you, we consider crepes a dessert, it's never served as a snack. Savory crepes are served as a started during a meal.
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@LadyDuck (426241)
• Switzerland
7 Feb 21
@HannahKusKus I do not think that they can be considered a snack.
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• Semarang, Indonesia
7 Feb 21
@LadyDuck okay. Thanks a lot for the information. Maybe I got wrong in thinking it is a snack
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