Category Archives: Feasts in Malta

Maltese Cribs: A unique Christmas Tradition in Malta

In Malta, the Crib is part of the Christmas season and tradition. It is believed that the very first Crib to be built in Malta dates back to 1617, and although there is no official document which can confirm it, the crib has been built every Christmas since.

Maltese Christmas Crib

The History of the Cribs

The design of the Cribs was influenced mainly by the Neapolitan style. However, although this style was popular in Europe till the end of the last century, many Maltese disagreed with it, claiming, that such a style did not represent the Holy Night. The more acceptable style was that of Sicilian model introduced by Benedetto Papale, a Franciscan friar from Sicily, during the second half of the 19th century. Popularity of building cribs bloomed during the 19th and beginning of 20th century. The most common material used was the rustic stone, coal residue and eventually papier mache. Another interesting part of the crib, of course, are the statues called ‘pasturi’, which were made of arth clay or candle wax.

Life-size Maltese Christmas CribThe Maltese cribs are part of the local culture, so if you happen to be visiting our beautiful Islands during the Christmas season, be sure to see some.

Nowadays you will find different displays of Maltese cribs in private homes, churches, and in exhibition spaces. Most of these cribs are hand-made and some are even life-size cribs. One popular life-size crib is “Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem” which is held at Ghajnsielem in Gozo during December. In fact the place (a 20,000 square meter of fields) is transformed into a nativity village where several volunteers take part in the reconstruction of the Christmas story. Witness horses turning mills, villagers going about their jobs, shepherds inhabiting caves, animals roaming in enclosed spaces and a poor unknown couple tending their newly-born in a grotto. The perfect Christmas atmosphere for all the family.

Are you visiting Malta during Christmas and the Festive Season? Celebrate the Christmas spirit at a luxury 5 Star hotel in Malta. Should you wish to visit traditional Maltese cribs and experience the local Christmas atmosphere during your Malta holidays please speak to Our Concierge Team who will guide you accordingly.

© Clive Vella & Viewing Malta.

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Discover a New Wonderland this Christmas…

Christmas at Excelsior

Once upon a time, in a far away land, there was a place beyond historical walls. It was a place full of joy and wonder surrounded by seas of the deepest blue and breathtaking views. Alice and her friends discovered this land of make-believe, a beautiful venue which they termed the New Wonderland.

Hence it was decided that they would spend Christmas at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta.

Celebrate the Christmas spirit with your family and friends at this New Wonderland.

Christmas at the Grand Hotel Excelsior…

Call this superior 5 star Hotel in Malta on +356 21 250 520 or email christmasdesk@excelsior.com.mt for more information on how to Live the Grand Life this Festive Season!

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Discover Malta: Luxury Mediterranean Breaks

Discover Malta

We are very pleased and excited to introduce to you our very own Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta Brochure.

The idea of the brochure is stemmed from our desire to encourage you to visit Malta and to facilitate your stay with us. We wanted to prepare something which could easily summarise very appealing activities and make it easily accessible for our guests.

It is a guideline to the upcoming events, adventures and experiences you can enjoy in Malta and which are available for everyone throughout the period of 12 months.

Whether you’re looking for an adventure with your friends, or a break with your family or your loved one, this brochure will lead you to it.

Browse through the Discover Malta Online Brochure which is packed with adventures waiting for you to explore. And if you would like to book one of our special packages take a look at Our Events Calendar on the Grand Hotel Excelsior Website and choose your unique Malta holiday.

See you in Malta!! 

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