Author Archives: Denise Camilleri

Holy Week and Easter in Malta

Easter is a festive, religious and emotional time for both locals and tourists. It is thus no surprise that one find tourists wondering around the towns and villages during the various processions and pageants that take place during the weeks preceding Easter. They try to capture everything that’s happening around them on cameras.

Within the churches, celebrations become truly alive with colours, ornaments, flowers and a great number of devotees. One of the processions that is a crowd puller is the ‘Addolorata, mainly because people identify their own miseries, pain and suffering with those of Holy Mary’s. On Maundy Thursday several local devotees visit the ‘seven churches’ where they kneel, reflect and pray beside the tomb of Christ.

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Good Friday gives a sombre outlook where churches are deprived from the traditional ornamental style for a single day. The red colour, resembling the Blood of Christ, is splashed all over the churches. On Good Friday Malta is turned into Roman and Jewish pageantry. In the inner core of villages one comes across Pontius Pilate, Barabbas and other biblical characters during the renowned processions. People do some odd penitence such as carrying heavy weights or walking barefoot! Some even cover up their faces as they pay the price for a special grace they received.

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The atmosphere changes completely the following day in the evening. Celebrations start in pitch darkness. They are then illuminated by flickering candle lights. Finally there is an ‘explosion’ of light, where churches are suddenly illuminated with candles, chandeliers, bulbs and floodlights. Bells toll happily as they break the night’s silence in order to announce Christ’s resurrection, exactly when the singing of the ‘Glorja’ commences.

During these festivities there are some very special and unique Maltese delicacies. The ‘kwarezimal’ and the ‘figolli’ top the list. There are other food items such as the Lent’s ftajjar; Karamelli and hot cross buns. Although in Lent the traditional Maltese fast, yet the street vendors are as busy as bees in keeping up with the heavy demand!

Spend your Easter Holidays in Malta. Contact Our Concierge Desk during your stay and they will advise you on Where to Go and What to Do in Malta during your holidays.

Photo Credits: Viewing Malta & Mario Galea

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Do you love St Paddy’s Day?

St Patrick s Day Special 2016We have something special for the Irish fans. Next week we will be offering a St Patrick’s Day Special at the Harbour View Bar. Join us for a Steak ‘n Guinness Pie and a pint of Guinness.

Feel free to contact our Food & Beverage Team on food.beverage@excelsior.com.mt for further details.

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Leading a stressful life?

relaxationAre you one of those people who gets ready in a few minutes before rushing out of the door to a busy work schedule? Nowadays society is leading a busy life full of stress. Juggling between work and personal life, deadlines at work, looking after children, housework and shopping do not leave much time for relaxation. We tend to take things for granted and ignore the negative effects stress can leave on our body and mind.

Physical and mental well being has a great impact on the quality and length of life. A busy lifestyle full of stress can lead to the cardiovascular diseases, obesity, anxiety, tension, stroke and other complications.

We need to look after our health and take regular breaks from our busy routine. Whilst physical exercise is a great tool to build new energy and strengthen our body, people do not find time to do exercise on a daily basis. Thus finding a couple of hours every so often to enjoy the benefits of a relaxing massage is a must.

massagesThere are different massage techniques one can choose from which are suitable for different personal needs. The main benefits of a massage include:
• Increased energy
• Improved ability to control stress
• Helps to improve sleep
• Improves the mood
• Improves the blood supply to the heart
• Clears the body of toxins
• Helps to minimise stiffness or swelling
• Stimulates and calms the nervous system

Our team of specialists at the Le Grand Spa can recommend a massage suitable for your needs.

For a great relaxing experience be sure to visit our spa during your next holidays at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta. Kindly speak to one of our spa therapists for more information. With the help of our spa therapist you can create a body treatment that is totally personalized and specific to your taste and needs.

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