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Candlemas

[kan-dl-muh s, -mas] /ˈkæn dl məs, -ˌmæs/
noun
1.
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.
Also called Candlemas Day.
Origin
1050
before 1050; Middle English candelmasse, Old English candelmæsse. See candle, -mas
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Candlemas

/ˈkændəlməs/
noun
1.
(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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