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Scotland had/has Petermas (St. Peter in Chains; 1. August), Georgemas, and Marymas.  If you google these as a group you should find links to pages of the _Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae_ instancing their use.  Petermas apparently survives in Caithness in references to its Victorian-period fair held on that day.

There's also Thomas (St. Thom's Day), whose etymology is even more apparent in its Italian congener Tommaso (with double 'm').  Nothing doubtful there!
John Dillon

On Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 5:08 am, Robert Kirby wrote:
> Partly out of a lingering interest in the naming of things, I'm 
> interested in days that get the -mas endings. So, can anyone think of 
> days with this form of name other than:
> Candlemas
> Childermas
> Christmas
> Lammas
> Martinmas
> Michaelmas?
> Languages/cultures other than English are welcome to play along.
> Can anyone refer me to literature on the subject? Thanks,

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