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Word Origin and History for candlemass

Candlemass

Old English candelmæsse (from candle + mass (n.2)), feast of the purification of the Virgin Mary (Feb. 2), celebrated with many candles, corresponding to Celtic pagan Imbolc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for candlemass

Historical Examples

  • Pope Innocent explains the origin of this feast of Candlemass.

    Folk Lore

    James Napier

  • From Alhollandtide to Candlemass being but three months; and from thence to Alhollandtide again nine months.