Candlemass Originally, Candlemas, or the Candle Feast, is a Christian celebration in the memory of a triple mystery (also called "Feast of God’s secrets"), the Purification of the Virgin Mary, the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, and the meeting with the aged Simeon and the prophetess Anna. On this day, it is the custom in the countryside to bring home from the church a blessed candle which will protect the home during the coming year. It is traditionally observed by the making of "crêpes" or pancakes. Flipping the pancakes while holding a gold coin in the left hand assures happiness and riches for the entire year. The farmers say that to toss the first pancake successfully over the wardrobe portends a great abundance of wheat for the coming harvest. http://www.ambafrance-au.org/article.php3?id_article=479 The date of Candlemas is established by the date set for the Nativity of Jesus, for it comes forty days afterwards. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candlemas