The Archdiocese of Manila has exempted Filipino-Chinese Catholics from practicing abstinence on Chinese New Year.
In a letter released Sunday, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has "granted dispensation from the Lenten discipline of abstinence" to all Filipino-Chinese Catholics to let them celebrate Chinese New Year, which falls on the first Friday after Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent in the Roman Catholic Church.
"Those availing of the dispensation must engage in some other forms of penance, acts of mercy and charity, especially to the poor and those who suffer, in keeping with the penitential spirit of the season of Lent," Tagle said.
Catholics are expected to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent as a form of penance.