CHRISTMASTIDE SPANS 40 DAYS: Christmas season ends for traditional Catholics on February 2 with Candlemas Day
by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant.com • January 11, 2018
Christmas season ends for traditional Catholics on February 2 with Candlemas Day
Christmas is celebrated by both the secular world and traditional Catholics for about forty days. The difference is that worldly people start celebrating around Thanksgiving, while Catholics observe Advent and, therefore, start celebrating Christmas on Christmas Eve.
In the Traditional Latin Mass calendar, Christmas season ends February 2 on what’s called Candlemas Day with simultaneous feasts: the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Presentation of her divine Child Jesus in the Temple. These feasts are an extension of Christ’s Nativity as Luke 2:22–24 records: