In contrast, Easter in the Philippines, was a lot more somber and mired in religiosity.
Easter Season starts with the 40 day observance of Lent, a period of fasting and abstinence.
It marked a time for reflection and penance, just as Jesus spent alone in the wilderness
before starting his ministry.
Pre-Vatican II this also meant no meat on Fridays. In our sleepy little provincial home town, businesses would shut down and most folks remained quietly praying at home or in church.
The day before, known as Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday, a last hurrah of food and fun,
signified the start of Lent.
Good Friday, honoring the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, focusing on the
transition between the crucifixion and resurrection.