The Grand Hotel Excelsior, in collaboration with the High Commission of India and India Tourism Office (Milan), will be celebrating the International Day of Yoga in Malta on Sunday 21st June. The general public is invited to participate in a Yoga for Harmony and Peace session led by Yoga Guru Master Dr. James Eruppakkattu, the founder of Shanti Yoga School. After completing his studies in Yoga Jivana Satsangha in Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, he chose to devote himself to the practice of Yoga. Dr. Eruppakkattu qualified as a Yoga teacher at Yoga Madhava Kaivalyadhama Shreeman Mandira Samiti, Lonavla. In recent years he has deepened his knowledge on Kundalini yoga under the guidance of Shri Gurudeva Vagish Shastri.
The Yoga session is free of charge and will take place at the Bastion Terrace, overlooking the Marsamxett Harbour. The 90 minute event starts at 08:30 hrs. No booking is required.
On Monday 22nd June, Grand Hotel Excelsior’s kitchen brigade is inviting you to experience Indian cuisine and culture during an Indian themed dinner that will be served at the Grand Ballroom from 19:00hrs. Indian Bollywood dancers will entertain our guests. For more information or bookings, please contact our Food & Beverage team on 21250520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.