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National Crepe Day (February 2)

Check out the weird holiday National Crepe Day on February 2. Learn the history of National Crepe Day, and get ideas on how to celebrate.

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History of National Crepe Day

Crepes are thin pancakes that are often cooked on a griddle, skillet, or frying pan. They are traditionally made with flour, eggs, butter and milk or water, and they are then enhanced with sweet or savory fillings.

Originating in Brittany, France in the 12th or 13th century AD, crepes have been around ofr a while. The legend is that a woman making buckwheat porridge dripped some of it on a hot, flat cooktop. Not wanting to be wasteful when money was scarce, she ate it – and enjoyed it, to her surprise!

However, around 472 AD, the Roman Pope Gelasius I offered a food similar to crepes – which were called Crispus – to the pilgrims who travelled to Rome in order to celebrate Candelmas. The word crepe comes from the Latin word crispus, meaning wrinkled and curled.

Also known as jour des crepes, la Chandeleur, or Candlemas, National Crepe Day began in France as a religious holiday associated with Candlemas (but the traditions themselves are of pagan origin).

On this day, the French people eat crepes as a way to symbolize the sun and its rays, as Candlemas falls in the midway point of winter. The ingredients for crepes represent the harvest they hope will prosper in the year coming up.

One tradition for la Chandeleur is to hold a gold coin in your left hand while frying them. You toss the crepe in the air with your pan with your right hand, and if you catch it again in the frying pan, you will be rich that year.

Another historical tradition is that popes would pass food out to the poor on this day each year in order to encourage the idea of sharing.

Some people will even save the first crepe they make that day and put it in the top drawer of a dresser or wardrobe! It’s said that by doing so, you will have luck and prosperity in the years to come.

People believe that if it rains on la Chandeleur, then there will be forty more days of rain (a bit similar to Groundhog Day or Hedgehog Day, both of which fall on February 2).

In the 1800s, the people of Mexico were introduced to crepes by the French.

Later, in 1895, a type of crepe known as Crepes Suzette – a crepe topped with a carmelized orange syrup – was created by accident. A fourteen year old assistant waiter named Henri Capentier at the Maistre, Monte Calro was making crepes for the Prince of Wales, who would later become King Edward VII of Great Britain. His highness loved the dish so much that he insisted on the name being called after one of his guests, a beautiful French girl named Suzette.

In the 1980s, Emy Wada of Japan invented millecrepes, which is a cake that is made with layers of crepes with filling in between.

Nowadays, crepes are served throughout the year for a variety of reasons. They’re usually made with white flour today in order to make them sweeter. They can be made sweet or savory, depending on the filling.

Ideas for National Crepe Day

Make a batch of crepes! Here are some delicious ideas for you, like putting on homemade Magleby’s syrup.

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