Today is Valentine’s Day, but in the Philippines (and some other countries) people are also observing Ash Wednesday, which is one of the holy days in the Christian calendar.
observe – to celebrate
On Ash Wednesday, Christians (mostly Catholics) go to church and the priest draws a cross on their forehead during the mass. The cross is drawn using ash.
Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting, but I have never fasted on this day because it was never a tradition in my family to fast even though we are Christians.
fast – to not eat or drink all or some kinds of food or drink
Although I usually forget Ash Wednesday (every year it is on a different day), it is an important day for me.