Christian feast celebrating the Presentation of Christ in the Temple and the Purification of Mary 40 days after Jesus’ birth. The festival is called Candlemas because traditionally all the candles for use in the church in the year to come were blessed.
Candlemas; Christian Religious Observance; February 2; Traditional feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary among Catholics and Protestants. Traditionally, liturgical candles were blessed on this day. As Candelaria, this feast is widely celebrated in Latin countries, particularly in Brazil and Andean South America.