Category Archives: Malta

Santa Swim is Back!

Join us for our Annual Santa Swim on Saturday 1st December 2018.

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A donation of 10 Euro is being requested. All proceeds are in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation. To register for the Santa’s Swim kindly contact our Christmas Desk on christmas@excelsior.com.mt or on 21250520.

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EXPERIENCE THE GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION

Join us on Friday 30th March 2018 for the Good Friday Procession.

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A number of statues, representing scenes from the Passion of Christ, are carried through the streets of the town by white-robed men. Young men, women and children, dressed up as Biblical figures, Roman soldiers, and other personages connected with the Passion, walk between the statues. Some carry banners made of purple or black velvet depicting Christ’s Last Seven Words. Others accompanying the procession include men wearing hoods with eye-slits, dressed in white robes, and walking barefoot, sometimes with chains fastened to their ankles and carrying heavy wooden crosses. This is often done as a vow or act of penitence.

Departure from the Grand Hotel Excelsior: 17:00Hrs

Return Transfer from the Three Cities: 20:00Hrs

Price: € 14.00 per person

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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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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