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

Paperback | November 16, 2012

byGeorges Arsenault

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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.

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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 ...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:November 16, 2012Publisher:Acorn PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1894838874

ISBN - 13:9781894838870

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