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Malta Events – Chinese New Year 2014

Grand Hotel Excelsior to welcome the Year of the Horse!

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On the occasion of the Chinese New Year the Grand Hotel Excelsior is organising a special Dinner on Thursday 30th January 2014.

The Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, is the most important celebration of the year in China where Chinese people and their families gather and wish their family members and friends health and luck during the New Year.

This year marks the year of the Horse. According to the Chinese calendar, when it comes to fortune, 2014 would be a better year for those people who were born under The Year of the Horse.

Members of the public are welcome to join in the celebratory dinner priced at 35 Euro for adults. Children aged between six and 11 pay half the price and children under 6 years dine for free.

Contact the Food and Beverage Team at the Excelsior Hotel Malta on 21250520 or on food.beverage@excelsior.com.mt for more information and to secure your table for this special event.

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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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Santas’ Swim 2013

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Take the plunge this Festive Season with Santa, Alice and the Wonderland Characters.

Join us for the Grand Hotel Excelsior Santas’ Swim, this year in it’s 3rd Edition. Each swimmer is requested to donate €10 in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. This renowned event will take place on Saturday 7th December 2013 at 10.00 hrs. Meet us at the Excelsior Hotel’s Lobby. Come on be brave, plunge into the sea and have some fun, all for a good cause!!

To register for the Santas’ Swim please contact Our Christmas Desk on 21250520 or email christmasdesk@excelsior.com.mt. The Grand Hotel Excelsior Team wishes a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all its patrons, fans and friends.

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