a church feast, Feb. 2, commemorating the ritual purification of the Virgin Mary after the birth of Jesus: candles for sacred uses are blessed on this day
also Candlemas Day
Origin of CandlemasMiddle English candelmasse from Old English candelmæsse: see candle and Mass
A Christian feast observed on February 2 to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple.
Origin of CandlemasMiddle English candelmasse from Old English candelmæsse candel candle ; see candle . mæsse mass (from the blessing of candles at the feast) ; see mass .