Candlemas



a church festival, February 2, in honor of the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary: candles are blessed on this day.
Historical Examples

Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin
The Sand-Hills of Jutland Hans Christian Andersen
Stories of the Days of King Arthur Charles Henry Hanson
Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
Country Neighbors Alice Brown
Christmas: Its Origin and Associations William Francis Dawson
A Righte Merrie Christmasse John Ashton
The Witch-cult in Western Europe Margaret Alice Murray
Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore

noun
(Christianity) Feb 2, the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of Christ in the Temple: the day on which the church candles are blessed. In Scotland it is one of the four quarter days

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