Candlemas marks 40 days since the birth of Jesus Christ to Mary.
In The Gospel of Luke we are told how Jesus was brought to the Temple by his mother 40 days after he was born. Here, they were met by Anna and Simeon. Simeon lifted Jesus up and called him the 'Light to The World'.The festival was called Candlemas because this was the day that all the Church's candles for the year were blessed.
On Candlemas night, many people used to place lighted candles in their windows at home.