Carnival, Candlemas and Pancakes!

Happy Chandeleur!

Continental Touch

When I was little, January was the month I dreaded the most. Christmas and New Year were gone; it was dark and cold.

The only highlight was that great-grand-aunts and neighbours were bringing me homemade doughnuts (beignets). Added to those my grandmother would make, I would pretty much eat just these for about two months. Or at least that’s how it felt like. There were so many – with slight variations – but all delicious. I couldn’t possibly let them go to waste.

This ritual would start about mid January. I never questioned why, it just happened. It was a tradition, which would mark the start of carnival period with its parades and dressing up parties.

Who knew that carnival period started with the Epiphany (Kings day on 6/01) and lasted until Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday, just before Ash Wednesday)? So many opportunities to celebrate!

This includes La Chandeleur (Candlemas)…

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