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From: "James Perry" <>
Subject: La Chandeleur
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2000 20:54:31 -0400
The first week in February brings La Chandeleur, an age old Acadian tradition revived in Tignish last year. In and around the community this week, a group of colourfully dressed visitors will be stopping at various community centres to spread their cheer and collect food for the needy. Organizer David Le Gallant explained the group usually goes door to door, but this year, on request, the participants decided to try stopping at central places and wait for people to come to them. The group is being pulled around in a bright red sleigh pulled by a horse named "Dew". Participants come from as far away as Montreal.
La Chandeleur has its roots in France but it was adopted by the Acadians on P.E.I. over 100 years ago. The food being gathered this year is being donated to the Tignish Caring Cupboard (food bank). As part of the tradition, the Festin de la Chandeleur (a feast) will be held February 6th at the Club Ti-Pa.
taken from Journal Pioneer, Tuesday, February 1st, 2000
Is this festival being celebrated anywhere else in Acadia, North or South?