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Winter was thought of as the reign of the winter spirits; these needed to be driven out in order for the summer to return.
In the Christian tradition, the fasting is to commemorate the 40 days that Jesus fasted in the desert, according to the New Testament, and also to reflect on Christian values.
Traditionally, a carnival feast was the last opportunity for common people to eat well, as there was typically a food shortage at the end of the winter as stores ran out.
Until spring produce was available, people were limited to the minimum necessary meals during this period.
However, the Philippines, a predominantly Roman Catholic country, does not celebrate Carnival (or Mardi Gras) anymore since the dissolution of the Manila Carnival after 1939, the last carnival in the country.
and in areas with a high concentration of Anglicans (Church of England / Episcopal Church in the U. A.), Methodists, and other Protestants, pre-Lenten celebrations, along with penitential observances, occur on Shrove Tuesday.