See also (Solemn) prayer day
The Danish incumbent Christina Smith has written about candlemas at www.kirken-underviser.dk/artikler/kyndelmisse.htm:
February 2nd is called Candlemas.
Candlemas can be traced back to at least the 6th century. Candlemas hasn't celebrated in Denmark since 1770. In catholic countries Candlemas is still celebrated as a holiday.
Candlemas means literally "mass for candles". At Candlemas the candles, which are going to be used in church the coming year, are consecrated.
- 1 Anne Lisbeth (1859)