Chandeleur & Mardi Gras
Sunday, February 8, 2015 4.00 - 6.00 PM
C’est la Chandeleur! Let’s eat some crêpes and drink some cider to celebrate this French tradition!
Children will be able to create their own mask!
Venue: Alverson Taylor Mortensen & Sanders (7401 West Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89117)
Price:$10 for Members, $15 for Non-Members, $5 for children 5-10 year old.
(Price includes 2 sweet crêpes, 1 bugne, a glass of cider or sparkling wine, tea and coffee).
La Chandeleur is Candlemas, but in France it is basically known as the crêpe holiday. And while it is officially on February 2, really the whole month of February is sort of crêped up.
There are a variety of traditions and mythology around the holiday. First, there are some weather predictions "À la Chandeleur, l'hiver cesse ou reprend vigueur" "At Candlemas, winter either retreats or deepens"
Also, tradition dictates that while flipping a crêpe during Chandeleur, you must hold a piece of money in one hand and flip the crêpe in the pan with the other. If you succeed, you will have good luck for the rest of the year. If not, better luck next year!
While the origins of Mardi Gras in France are religious and spiritual, Mardi Gras is mainly celebrated today simply because it is fun. While many Catholics still actively observe Lenten traditions of not indulging excessively, Mardi Gras is celebrated not only by those Catholics who are going into a period of limited indulgence, but also by the general public. Mardi Gras in the 21st century is one big party, and those who observe Lent and celebrate Easter celebrate Mardi Gras right alongside those who do not.
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