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Page 5 - Chandeleur, a Feast of the Candles

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1975/3/31 (713 reads)

on home brew and moonshine for almost 16 hours • just because we had come there to play you were offered more treats • well sometimes you had to refuse because we had been asked to play and you had to watch out not to pass out. Anyway for breakfast you didn't care for sweets, eh? You weren't too fussy at>out pastry and preserves. You wanted something salty. And what did they have on the menu • potatoes and pickled mackerel. Well does that ever hit the spot. And now the old timers who had gone home were coming back because they were saying to themselves "At home we might get pre? serves." And after breakfast again the dance would go on till about 11:30 • then everybody would head for home. ' 1 'x 'i "' '';, Marguerite Gallant: You know that Chandeleur I believe was an Indian holiday. I kind of think so. The song they used to sing: Aouenne, aouenne • it was supposed to be an Indian song. You know here in Cheticamp there was an awful lot of Indians when they first came. Living on the beach here. And there was some kind of village over there on the island. When you plow you find • well, yes, I found some arrowheads in my gar? den • but where the camps were you find oyster shells, a foot or more of oyster shells • they would plow through that. Then the French people came and the Jersey people • they used to celebrate that. They called it the Chandeleur • that's because it's the second of February • that's the day the blessed candles used to be blessed. And they are blessed, if you have faith. They are used if there's a big storm, a big South-east. Whether it does good or bad, it's faith. Some do it still. You get the candles from the church. You light these candles whenever you're sick, when you're going to be prepared for death. I have faith in those things; I think that's what they're blessed for. If you have no faith you're not fit to live. That is the best way to express myself. And at the feast of Pentecost and Holy Saturday they bless the holy water. You know they use it for baptism and they use it for sacramental work. And then the other holy water is blessed for the land and the sea. You know, when I make my garden I'm going to spray a whole lot of holy water in it. Mrs. William D. Deveau, Belle Marche: They are blessing the candles yet but we go and get them from the priest. In those days they used to make candles. Not every? body, but whoever did would make some for the neighborhood. Like an old lady who was Isle Royale Beverages Limited Your auihoriz?d COCA-COLA botflw 564-8130 562-4439 lAi Wcltoii St. Sf4tm, N. S. D. GOLDM/ "Tilt; HOME 'Gallant Street''tF Glace Bay • Terminal Bldg., V Sydney Airport ' {H & SONS LTD. OF FINE SEAFOOD" 1'' "' "wliin''' •
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