In France, the month of February starts with the celebration of Candlemas -La Chandeleur- which occurs on the 2nd, which is 40 days after Christmas. The origins of the Chandeleur date back to a pagan feat: according to local customs, candles had to be lit at midnight as a symbol of purification. Chandeleur comes from the latin "candelarum" as does the English word "candle". It was at that time of the year that the winter seedtime started. The surplus flour was then used without too much risk of shortage and crêpes were made as a symbol of properity for the coming year. In some families you flip the crêpes with a gold coin in your hand and if it "flips properly, you will be rich all year!"
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