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1. Until modern times, Candlemas Day (February 2) marked an end to the secular and religious celebrations of the Christmas season. In medieval times, which day traditionally marked the beginning of the Christmas season?
2. What flowers are known as the "Candlemas Bells"?
3. The observance of Candlemas evolved during the 11th and 12th centuries from a much earlier Christian tradition which commemorated certain events of the infancy of Jesus. Which event was NOT celebrated by the original and ancient Candlemas?
4. When Jesus was brought to the temple 40 days after his birth, he was presented to Simeon. What is the name of the prayer Simeon said which 'prophesied the redemption of the world by Jesus'?
5. Prior to the 11th century, there existed no specific "rite" or "ritual" for the blessing of candles for use by individual Christian worshippers. In the British Isles, what pagan festival may have greatly influenced the development of a new rite (the blessing of candles), centerpiece of the Candlemas observance?
6. As with most holidays, Candlemas is associated with a particular food. Since Candlemas is the Festival of Lights, this food was chosen because of its resemblance to the sun. What is this yummy 'golden disk'?
7. The hallmark of Candlemas was the blessing and distribution of candles for use by Christian worshippers. The candles were put to immediate use on February 3rd in the ritual "blessing of throats" to protect against diseases of or injury to the neck and throat. Which Christian saint was commemorated on February 3rd?
8. In the United States, there is a well-known ceremony that takes place in Pennsylvania every year on February 2. A small animal will come out of his home and if he sees his shadow, he will scurry back inside which means another 6 weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, then spring will come early. What is the name of this animal?
9. Who is considered the "Poet of Candlemas Day"?
10. Candlemas is the Festival of Lights and a time when people are hoping for the return of spring and sunshine. In Greek mythology, this fertility goddess was abducted by Hades and taken to the Underworld. Her mother searched the world with the goddess Hecate, both bearing torches. Her return brought light and fertility back to the Earth. By what name is she known in the Greek pantheon?
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