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What to do in Malta at Easter time

Will you be enjoying the Easter holidays in Malta this year? If so, experience the unique Easter Festivities in Malta by visiting one of the renowned processions.

On Good Friday several localities around Malta and Gozo commemorate the Passion of Christ with a solemn procession of statues carried by bearers. Participants are dressed up as biblical characters or bear crosses and drag chains tied to their feet as a sign of penance or piety.

On Easter Sunday Maltese people celebrate the resurrection of Christ. The statue of the Risen Christ is carried in the streets of several towns and villages.

Excelsior Easter tours 2015

 

Should you wish to be part of the Easter Celebrations in Malta kindly contact Our Chauffeur Driven Service at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta and they will organise the transfers for you.

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts: new meaning to “luxury travel”

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The Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta is a proud member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. This Luxury Malta Hotel exceeds expectations on the basis of its 5-star service excellence.

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Traditional Easter Pastries: Figolli

Easter Figolla

Although the origin of the word ‘figolla’ is not clear, it is believed that this was derived from the Italian word ‘figura’ which means a form, shape or image. Just before Easter, figolli are produced by local bakers and are sold in bakeries and confectioneries. However, it still very much of a local tradition to bake these at home during Holy Week and give them to family and friends to be eaten on Easter Sunday. These were created as a post-Lenten treat mainly for the little ones. Traditionally, these delicious, soft and biscuit-like cakes were available in the shapes of women, men, or baskets (possibly a reference to ancient symbols of fertility).

Nowadays, popular shapes include bunnies, ducks, cars and butterflies. Sometimes ‘figolli’, are shaped to suit Christian symbols such as lambs, crosses and fish. The icing decoration covering the top of the cake is very bright and colourful, and the largest decoration piece is often a small chocolate egg still wrapped in a foil paper.

Experience an Easter Malta Spa Break, an Easter Dine & Stay Weekend Break or our traditional Easter Sunday Buffet Lunch. And if you would like to enjoy that little treat at home, our award winning team of pastry chefs is busy preparing figolli and Easter eggs for you to take home or to give to your loved ones. These delectable goodies will be available for purchase from our Harbour View Lounge Bar, which is open 24 hours a day.

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