Grand Avenue Celebrates Groundhog Day - French Style

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Eighth-grade students in Richard Zawislak’s French class at Grand Avenue Middle School celebrated Chandeleur Day.

Betsy Siegelaub, a retired Bellmore-Merrick French teacher, visited Mr. Zawislak’s class to teach them all about the holiday. Similar to Groundhog Day, Chandeleur Day (La Chandeleur) is also on Feb. 2 and has traditions associated with the change of weather. Students learned about the history and importance of the day, listened to music and played games to celebrate the day.

But the “piece de resistance” was the making of the crepes, which is treat eaten on the holiday. Students filled their crepes with various jams, Nutella and whipped cream and enjoyed chatting with Mrs. Siegelaub.    

To end the day, the students tried their hand at flipping the crepes to see how the rest of the winter season will fair.  

“Quand la Chandeleur est claire, l’hiver est par derrière; Chandeleur couverte, quarante jours de perte!”  (If Chandeleur is clear, no more winter to fear; If Chandeleur is gray, 40 more days winter will stay.)  According to the Chandeleur Day celebrations at Grand Avenue, it looks like spring will come late this year.