Giotto Wikipedia 220px-Giotto_-_Scrovegni_-_-19-_-_Presentation_at_the_TempleFebruary 2 is the feast of Candlemas, which recalls the Presentation of the infant Jesus at the temple.

It also remembers Mary’s return to worship 40 days after childbirth. This ancient Jewish tradition became a Christian ritual, the Churching of Women, now largely obsolete.

My post from 2013 explains this day as St Luke’s Gospel describes it and the ancient customs in Europe surrounding it. Catholic priests also bless candles at this time.

The French will be celebrating with crêpes, as it was an opportunity centuries ago to use up old flour rather than waste it.