Summer in Malta is characterised by traditional feasts which are held every weekend. These village feasts venerating the saints are an integral part of the Maltese culture and its Catholic tradition.
The ‘festa’ is the main social event in the Maltese villages and the local patrons look forward to this once a year event. In fact the week-long celebrations are the outcome of months of hard work by volunteers to celebrate the parish patron saint. On the day of the feast the statue of the patron saint is carried around the streets and is accompanied by brass bands. The celebrations themselves include magnificent firework displays, brass band music and street life. Band music is one of the most popular traditions on the Maltese Islands. Every town and village has at least one, and usually two band clubs. Traditional festa snacks include the rich and colourful nougat.
The village feast is an opportunity for Maltese families to get together at the village square and it is also the perfect occasion for visitors to experience the Maltese village life. Two of the major Maltese feasts are the Assumption of Our Lady which is held on the 15th of August and Our Lady of Victories which is celebrated on the 8th September. Our Lady of Victories, also known as ‘il-Vitorja’, commemorates the defeat of the Turks at the end of the Great Siege of 1565. The highlight of this feast is the Regatta (boat race) held at the Grand Harbour.
Undoubtedly, the village feast remains one of Malta’s most visual cultural festivities with food stands selling traditional Maltese nougat and spectacular exhibition of fireworks. The entire village is also decorated with banners and buildings such as the band clubs are also lavishly decorated.
Visiting Malta this Summer? Feel free to contact our Concierge Team to find out which feast will be taking place during your holidays in Malta. The Grand Hotel Excelsior also offers private chauffeur driven service to various locations around Malta and Gozo.
On Friday 23rd June 2017 join us for our exclusive Wine & Dine Event at the Tiki Restaurant, Grand Hotel Excelsior, to usher in the summer season in style.
This will be a true dining experience for foodies and wine lovers right at the water’s edge with unobstructed views of the Marsamxett Harbour. Indulge your taste buds with the rich flavours of Mediterranean cuisine paired with refreshing local wines by Marsovin.
For the fifth year running, Grand Hotel Excelsior team members will be organising a Santa’s Swim. Colleagues, guests and members of the public are invited to swim in the clear, chilly waters of Marsamxett Harbour or make a splash in the hotel’s swimming pool. The event will take place on Saturday 3rd December 2016 and all donations will be in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund.
As a tradition, the hotel themes its Christmas activities, and the selected concept this year is Beauty and the Beast. On the occasion of this year’s Santa’s Swim, Beauty and the Beast characters will be joining as Santa’s special guests to do a brave dive for charity.
Each swimmer will receive a Santa hat upon registration. We will be serving well-deserved warm drinks and home-made cookies to all participants after the swim. Facilities for showering and changing will be available. A certificate of participation will be presented to all swimmers. Those who are not willing to brave the cold water are still encouraged to come and show their support.
Once again, present and former local Waterpolo players are being invited to participate in an exhibition match. At 9.45am the MCCF representatives will start collecting the donations and registering the participants. The band of the Malta Police Force will bring joy with live Christmas music and will be welcoming the participants at the Grand Hotel Excelsior lobby at 10am. This activity is being endorsed by the Malta Community Chest Fund and H.E President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca is expected to attend.
The American Autoclub MALTA will be supporting the event by organising a static show in the Yacht Club area. Each participant is kindly asked to make a donation of €10 upon registration in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. Those participating will also be in the chance of winning a Dining Voucher for Two. T&C Apply. Participants are encouraged to register for this charity event by contacting the Grand Hotel Excelsior Christmas Desk on 21250520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org