The Easter Celebrations in Malta start a week before Easter on Palm Sunday, with processions around various parishes remembering the triumphal entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem. The following week is referred to as the Holy Week. On Maundy Thursday it’s a custom that Maltese visit churches and Last Supper displays. Good Friday, the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, is one of the most important religious holidays in Malta observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Good Friday is a Holy Day for Catholics, where Christians fast and make sacrifices.
On Good Friday at 3pm, the time when Jesus died, a special mass is celebrated in churches around the Maltese islands. During the afternoon, one can attend one of the Good Friday processions held in different towns and villages. This is a very solemn procession of statues, each of which represents a particular episode in the Passion of the Christ, carried by the devout public. Between one statue and another there are biblical characters represented by people wearing epic costumes. Also, in many processions one can see men in penitence bearing a cross and dragging chains tied to their bare feet, as an act of penitence.
Image provided by the Malta Tourism Authority.
Traditional Easter Celebrations in Malta
Join thousands of onlookers who line the roads from the front of the church all the way along the passage of the pageant. The band members lead the way, progressing inch by inch, setting the mood of gloom with their music. Boys and men, 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. 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 in Qormi and Resurrection Procession in Cospicua as follows:
29th March Good Friday Procession in Qormi
• Departure from The Grand Hotel Excelsior to Qormi : 16.30hrs
• Return transfer from Qormi to The Grand Hotel Excelsior : 20.00hrs
Price : €40.00
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31st March Resurrection Procession in Cospicua :
• Departure from The Grand Hotel Excelsior to Cospicua: 09.00hrs
• Return transfer from Cospicua to The Grand Hotel Excelsior: 12.00hrs
Price: €40 Euros
If you would like some tips on what to do in Malta
during your holidays or would like to book the above transfers during your Easter Holidays kindly contact the Transport Desk
at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta.
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