Acadian Traditions on Candlemas Day: Candles, Pancakes and House Visits

by Georges Arsenault

Acorn Press | November 16, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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Most English-speaking people just associate the 2nd of February, or Groundhop Day, with superstitions related to the weather. In Acadian communities, however, it was known as Candlemas Day and at one time was an important religious and social festival. Pancakes were the symbolic food of choice. In many villages, young Acadians went from door-to-door collecting food for a communal feast or to give to the poor. This book by Georges Arsenault enables us to discover a festivity rich in traditions and a significant part of the cultural heritage of Acadians everywhere.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 in

Published: November 16, 2012

Publisher: Acorn Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1894838874

ISBN - 13: 9781894838870

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Acadian Traditions on Candlemas Day: Candles, Pancakes and House Visits

by Georges Arsenault

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 in

Published: November 16, 2012

Publisher: Acorn Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1894838874

ISBN - 13: 9781894838870

From the Publisher

Most English-speaking people just associate the 2nd of February, or Groundhop Day, with superstitions related to the weather. In Acadian communities, however, it was known as Candlemas Day and at one time was an important religious and social festival. Pancakes were the symbolic food of choice. In many villages, young Acadians went from door-to-door collecting food for a communal feast or to give to the poor. This book by Georges Arsenault enables us to discover a festivity rich in traditions and a significant part of the cultural heritage of Acadians everywhere.

About the Author

Award-Winning historian and folklorist Georges Arsenault has been collecting songs and stories from Acadian Prince Edward Island since his student days in the 1970s. His 17 informants were mostly hard-working parents of very large families, some well-educated and some not. Arsenault''s ground-breaking work in Acadian history and folklore is well-respected throughout Atlantic Canada. For several years, Georges was the host of CBC Radio Canada''s l''Acadie c''matin based in Prince Edward island. Before that, he was host of Bonjour Atlantique, broadcast regionally from Moncton. He has authored several other books (in French) about Prince Edward Island Acadians, and collected Refrains et melodies, a CD of Acadian Folk Music of Prince Edward Island (Centre d''etudes Acadiennes, Université de Moncton). He has authored both the French and English versions of Acadian Legends, Folktales, and Songs from Prince Edward Island. Acadian Christmas Traditions is the English translation of Noel en Acadie, published by Editions La Grande Marée in 2005.