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Candlemas 2019

National and Public Holidays in Liechtenstein Public Holiday in Liechtenstein

Candlemas is a national holiday in Liechtenstein.

When is Candlemas in Liechtenstein?

How long until Candlemas?
This holiday next takes place in 345 Days.
Dates of Candlemas
Year Weekday Date
2019 Saturday
2018 Friday
2017 Thursday
Duration
1 Day
Summary
A Christian holiday that marks the presentation of the infant Jesus at the Temple
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Candlemas is a public holiday in Liechtenstein and is always celebrated on 2 February.

History of Candlemas

After observing the traditional 40-day period of purification following the birth of Jesus on 25 December, Mary presented him to God at the Temple in Jerusalem.

In the New Testament, the Gospel of Luke says that Jesus was met by a devout Jew named Simeon. Simeon held the baby Jesus in his arms, calling him 'a Light to the World'. This recognition of the infant Jesus become the customary day in the year when all the candles in a Church are blessed for the coming year, hence Candlemas.

Candlemas may also be known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary or the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus. It is one of the oldest Christian festivals, marking the presentation of the baby Jesus dates back to the 4th century and the tradition of blessing candles is about 1000 years old.

To celebrate Candlemas, all the candles in the house should be lit. It was traditional not to put away the nativity manger scenes until Candlemas, as it is seen as the last feast of the Christmas cycle that began with Advent on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day.

Did you know?

Candlemas used to be a national holiday in Scotland

As early February is the mid-point between winter solstice and the spring solstice, this time of the year was an important time to mark the coming of Spring and celebrating the increasing light.

The ancient Romans observed a mid-season festival on 5 February, and the pagan Irish celebrated one around 1 February. In many parts of Europe, an early February might herald the start of spring, when crops could be planted, so any way of predicting the weather at this time of year was popular. Early Christians had a tradition that if it was sunny on Candlemas, winter would last for six weeks more.

In Germany, there was a custom where the remaining amount of cold weather was determined by whether a badger would leave its set on Candlemas. This tradition continues today, but you might know it as Groundhog Day, a US tradition brought from Germany that predicts how much of Winter is left based on a Groundhog seeing its shadow on 2 February.


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