Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Un Jour Sans Fin


 Happy Groundhog Day, everyone!

As with many imported American films, the title Groundhog Day must not have worked well for French audiences, so they renamed it all together: A Day Without End.

The date February second is celebrated for many reasons, in many countries... In the US, of course, we've got Groundhog Day, where Punxsutawney Phil, a Pennsylvania groundhog, will emerge from his burrow before a large crowd. If he sees his shadow --bam-- six more weeks of winter. No shadow? Yay, an early spring. (Given the wild weather, I'm betting he sees his shadow, but I may eat these words in a few hours.)

In France, February second is La Fête de la Chandeleur, Fête de la Lumière, or le jour des crêpes. Beginning a few weeks ago, we started seeing all the crepe-making materials out in one of the grocery aisles. Don't forget the Nutella.

Chandeleur originally marked the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Later we saw the evolution of Candlemas, or Candle Mass. In this ceremony, a priest blessed beeswax candles on February second that were placed in windows to ward off bad weather.

Oddly enough, all of this has evolved over the years to waiting for a furry animal to emerge, eating crêpes and watching a comedy.

Although here, I'll be making pancakes for the kids. I haven't yet perfected crepes... Plus, waiting for edible crêpes from mom could turn into A Day Without End...

3 comments:

  1. Oh you have the movie cool :-) Would love to see it again.
    Love your blog !
    xo

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  2. It's actually quite good for English learners. Katie B. tipped me off to the idea... With all the repetition, they can follow along...

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