Category Archives: Easter in Malta

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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Easter Celebrations in Malta

Easter Celebrations in Malta are given a lot of importance due to the local religion and culture. The faithful gather to celebrate and commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. These celebrations are also very popular amongst international visitors to Malta, who enjoy watching traditional ceremonies. Activities begin on Good Friday, when a statue of Our Lady of Sorrows is carried in a procession across many local towns and villages.

Good Friday Procession in MaltaLater in the afternoon, several localities also commemorate the Passion of Christ with a solemn procession of statues carried by bearers. Those participating in the processions would be dressed up as biblical characters or bear crosses and drag chains tied to their feet as a sign of penance or piety.

Easter Procession in MaltaThe solemnity of Good Friday is succeeded by the festivities of Easter Sunday, which celebrates the resurrection of Christ. Church bells ring jubilantly, and statues of the Risen Christ are carried in the streets. In Birgu, also known as Vittoriosa; one of the Three Cities, a group of men make a mad dash uphill bearing a statue of the Risen Christ. This is another popular event in Malta and also attracts many tourists.

On Easter Sunday many families meet up for a special Sunday lunch; exchanging good wishes and some small gifts. Another tradition is to give the little ones chocolate eggs and a ‘figolla’, a traditional almond pastry.

If you wish to attend one of the processions, you may wish to plan in advance to find the perfect place providing a clear view. Processions usually start in the mid-afternoon on Good Friday. Some of the locations where processions take place are:
Malta: Birgu (Vittoriosa), Bormla (Senglea), Ghaxaq, Luqa, Mosta, Naxxar, Paola, Qormi, Rabat, Senglea, Valletta, Żebbuġ (Città Rohan) and Żejtun.

Gozo: Nadur, Ghajnsielem, Victoria (St. George Basilica and St Maria Cathedral), Nadur, Xewkija, Qala, Xaghra and Żebbuġ.

If you’re planning to spend your Easter Holidays in Malta contact Our Chauffeur Driven Service and they will advise you on Where to Go and What to Do in Malta during your holidays.

Photos courtesy of Jürgen Scicluna & Viewing Malta.

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Be part of the Easter Celebrations in Malta

Experience the unique Easter Festivities of Malta

Malta Easter Celebrations

Join the thousands of onlookers that line the roads from the front of the church all the way along the passage of the pageant. The band players lead the way, progressing inch by inch, setting the mood of gloom with their music. Boys and men, dressed in the attire of shepherds, peasants, and Roman soldiers follow holding various reminders of the life and death of Jesus. Banners in Latin give messages to the devout Christian. And, one by one several large adorned statues pass by the stationary crowd.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior will be organizing transport to The Good Friday Procession and Resurrection Procession in Cospicua as follows:

Good Friday Procession in Qormi : 18th April 2014
Departure from The Grand Hotel Excelsior to Qormi : 16.30hrs
Return transfer from Qormi to The Grand Hotel Excelsior : 20.00hrs
Price: €40.00

Resurrection Procession in Cospicua : 20th April 2014
Departure from The Grand Hotel Excelsior to Cospicua: 09.00hrs
Return transfer from Cospicua to The Grand Hotel Excelsior: 12.00hrs
Price: €40.00

Should you wish to be part of the Easter Celebrations in Malta contact the Concierge Desk at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta and they will organise the transfers for you.

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