Happy Fête de la Chandeleur!


Hi all and a very happy Fête de la Chandeleur or as we would say in the UK, Happy Candlemas.

La Chandeleur is a Christian religious holiday with pagan roots. It falls on 2nd February, 40 days after Christmas Day, and commemorates the Presentation of the child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem. La Chandeleur, also known as La Fête des Chandelles, takes its name from an ancient tradition of lighting candles at midnight as a symbol of purification.

There is a great description of the Fête at Phil’s Visit Normandy-Pays de la Loire – do look in on him and find out this day’s link to the British Pancake Day.

About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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One Response to Happy Fête de la Chandeleur!

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