Etymology

Candlemas (n.)

Church festival, late Old English candelmæsse (from candle + mass (n.2)), feast of the purification of the Virgin Mary (Feb. 2), celebrated with many candles, corresponding to Celtic pagan Imbolc.

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Definitions of Candlemas from WordNet

Candlemas (n.)
feast day commemorating the presentation of Christ in the temple; a quarter day in Scotland;
Synonyms: Candlemas Day / Feb "
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updated on October 09, 2017