Tomorrow, the 30th April 2014 is the last day of this year’s edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival.
A number of Maltese and foreign fireworks factories will be participating in this competitive event, presenting spectacular pyrotechnic displays synchronised to music. The festival forms part of the anniversary celebrations of Malta’s accession to the European Union as it coincides with 10 years since Malta joined the European Union.
Tradition of Fireworks in Malta
Fireworks in Malta have a long tradition which goes back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St. John. The feu de joie using gun salutes, the musketterija firing of muskets, the solfarelli d’aria, St. Catherine’s wheels (irdieden) and other forms of fireworks originated from explosives that were lit off from mortars (maskli) as an expression of rejoicing. Special occasions when such festivities were held were: The election of a Grand Master of the Order of the Knights of St. John; the election of a Pope who was the overall protector and ruler of the Order; the birth of a prince from a friendly European state or else to mark an important victory over the Ottoman military might.
Fireworks developed into a craft when the Maltese started to celebrate the events connected to their British rulers in the 19th and 20th centuries. This centuries-old tradition is still very much alive in the crowded calendar of village festas that take place all over Malta and Gozo, especially in the summer months.
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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
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
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.
VALLETTA, MALTA, 21 February 2014: The management and staff at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta are extremely honoured to have had the opportunity to host the President of the Hellenic Republic, His Excellency Karolos Papoulias, during his two day visit to Malta. He was accompanied by the Maritime Affairs Minister Militadis Varvitsiotis and Deputy Foreign Minister Kyriakos Gerontopoulos. This visit coincided with the fifth Greek Presidency of the European Union.
The Grand Hotel Excelsior strongly believes in its commitment to promote hospitality and friendship to all its distinguished guests. Before his departure, the Greek President thanked the Excelsior staff and signed the visitors book.
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