Category Archives: Holidays in Malta

The Festa Band in the Maltese Culture…

 Feasts in Malta

Summer is in full swing and so are the village feasts that are celebrated around the Maltese islands. During the year, especially during the summer months, towns and villages around Malta celebrate their locality’s feast in honour of their patron saint.

Lija Feast - Clive VellaBut there’s no feast without celebration and music. Band clubs in Malta are part of the social and cultural history of the Maltese islands. In fact most of the towns and villages in Malta have their own band club. Its aim is to spread Maltese culture and to teach music to the local community. Many musicians who have gone on to make a name for themselves, locally or abroad, owe their success, in part, to the encouragement and teaching of the local band club.

These philharmonic societies or band clubs, originated way back in the second part of the 19th century. With the financial support of local businessmen, individuals who possessed the talent to learn how to play an instrument bought a musical instrument and started learning, with the primary aim of performing in the village feast.

By time, the number of band clubs flourished and a Band Clubs Association was formed. This year the Association is celebrating its 60th anniversary, endorsing a membership of 84 band clubs across the island. According to the latest survey by the local National Statistics Office, the total number of bandsmen/women (bandisti) amount to over 4,000.

Every town and village in Malta and Gozo has its own band club, some even have two, as there are certain villages which celebrate two feasts – one dedicated to the patron saint and the other celebrating the so called ‘secondary’ feast of another saint. During feast time competition is at its max, where each band club strives to be the best, decorating the façade of the club’s premises in the most colourful and vivid way, launching new musical numbers, and creating the most merrymaking atmosphere possible. Marching in rows of six, wearing uniforms and proudly showing off the badge of their club, a band is normally composed of between 60 and 70 bands-men/women playing a variety of instruments.

During your summer holidays in Malta enjoy a typical Maltese feast and be part of the local festivities. And whilst staying at this superior 5 star hotel in Malta be sure to ask Our Concierge for assistance in planning your excursions and for recommendations on places to visit.

Information obtained from www.guidetomalta.net

Photos courtesy of www.viewingmalta.com, Mario Galea and Clive Vella.

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A hotel made for the Stars

Did you enjoy this year’s Isle of MTV Malta concert? Malta was definitely buzzing with energy. The Grand Hotel Excelsior is honoured to be one of the partners in this well-renowned annual summer concert.A hotel for the stars

If you enjoy visiting Malta for your holidays, stay updated with all year round events taking place in Malta by visiting the website of this luxury 5 star hotel in Malta.

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The Benefits of a Massage

spas in Malta - relaxing massage

The relation between physical and mental wellbeing has a great impact on the quality and length of life and on the society as a whole. Mental wellbeing supports good physical health and vice versa. Therefore it is important that we pay equal attention to not only how we look, but also to how we really feel on the inside. Having a busy work and personal schedule, hurrying from one place to another, getting stuck in a traffic jam, multitasking ….the list goes on and on. Over time society adjusted to this lifestyle and therefore we tend to forget the negative effects this can leave on the body and mind. Stop for a second and rewind your daily routine. What does your morning look like? Are you one of those people who get ready in a few minutes before rushing out of the door to a busy work schedule full of deadlines and meetings whilst holding onto your favourite reusable coffee cup? Do you manage to fit in a short work-out before or after work? Do you even make time for a healthy breakfast before embarking on your a day? As a result, such a lifestyle can eventually lead to cardiovascular disease, obesity, anxiety, built up tension, stroke and many other complications. It is very important that we take a break for ourselves and every once in a while, truly enjoy our free time whilst contributing to our over all health and health-being.

There are several massage techniques one can choose from, which are suitable for the individuals needs. Massage can benefit everyone who is looking for quality time to relax and appreciate their body. According to experts, having a massage at least once a month is highly beneficial. Massage is a great tool with many benefits. There are several benefits to receiving regular massages, including:

  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved ability to control stress levels
  • Improved sleep
  • Positive impact on mood swings
  • Helps expand blood vessels and therefore the supply of healthy nutrients to our body
  • Improves the heart blood supply and as a result the circulation of blood to extremities
  • Clears body of toxins
  • Helps prevent adhesion
  • Stretches connective tissues around the mussels
  • Helps minimise stiffness or swelling
  • Stimulates and calms the nervous system
  • Can also have a positive impact on weight reduction
  • Regular massages can also have a positive impact on weight reductions

Le Grand Spa at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta offers you a great choice of massages:
Swedish massage
The full body Swedish Massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility, while easing tension.

Anti – stress head & back massage
Our Anti-Stress Head and Back Massage will relieve stress and help to ease the tension built up over time.

Aromatherapy Massages
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine which uses volatile plant materials known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mind, mood or health.

Anti – cellulite massage
Anti-Cellulite Massage is beneficial in many ways. It drastically improves the appearance and health of your skin. The anti-cellulite body massage is a type of body treatment that favours the elimination of toxins that accumulate in specific areas of the body.

Thai massage
This is a therapy passed on from master to disciple for over 2,500 years and is based on Ayurvedic medicine and yoga. Through deep body work, it helps re- establish our life energy and rebalance our physical, mental and emotional aspect.

Self heating stones massage
The Hot Stone Massage is an ancient oriental therapy that has many benefits for both the body and mind. It consists of using the perfect combination of hot basalt lava stones, essential oils, and deep massage that help to release tension and reduce stress.

Take a break from the hectic life and enjoy a relaxing massage at a superior spa hotel in Malta. The team at Le Grand Spa are happy to assist you with any queries. Please feel free to contact the Spa Team on 23192115 or by email on spa@excelsior.com.mt.

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