While such processions are rare in the United States, they still hold significance in some countries. In France, the tradition holds that this feast day, known as the Fête de la Chandeleur, is a day to eat crêpes, a sun-shaped confection with which Pope Gelasius is said to have greeted poor pilgrims entering Rome. So, if you are so inclined, tomorrow would be a very good excuse for serving this tasy treat, both savory and sweet. Light a candle, and remember the Canticle of Simeon, Nunc dimittis,
Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
Your word has been fulfilled.
My eyes have seen the salvation
You have prepared in the sight of every people,
A light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people, Israel.
(PS-Football-shaped crêpes in celebration of that other event going on today are fine, but, I imagine, a little harder to eat!)