- The festival in the Christian year that commemorates the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple
February 2nd in the western Christian church and February 15th in the Orthodox church.
- A quarter day in Scotland.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Can"dle*mas (#), n. [AS.
candelmæsse, candel candle +
mæsse mass.] The second day of February, on
which is celebrated the feast of the Purification of the Virgin
Mary; -- so called because the candles for the altar or other
sacred uses are blessed on that day.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Candlemas, a festival in commemoration of the purification of the
Virgin, held on February 2, celebrated with lighted candles; an old Roman
custom in honour of the goddess Februa.
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