noun Can·dle·mas \ˈkan-dəl-məs\

Definition of Candlemas

  1. :  February 2 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the presentation of Christ in the temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary

Origin and Etymology of candlemas

Middle English candelmasse, from Old English candelmæsse, from candel + mæsse mass, feast; from the candles blessed and carried in celebration of the feast

First Known Use: before 12th century

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