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2014: The Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, plays a significant role in Chinese culture and tradition.The celebration is recognized not only in China, but also in various countries with a considerable number of residents with Chinese heritage. This festival is known to be the longest one in Chinese culture – the celebrations usually begin on the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, and go on until the 15th day of the first month, the Lantern Festival. Because the Chinese use a Lunar Calendar the date of the Chinese New Year changes from year to year. The actual date is related to the new moon either in late January or in February.

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Traditions and customs within the country differ according to the region. In the evening prior to Chinese New Year, families gather together for dinner. Traditionally, families would clean their houses thoroughly, believing that any misfortune would be removed, and making way for incoming good luck. Following this, family members would decorate the windows and doors of the house with red paper shaped in cuts and couplets, which symbolize good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity. Part of the celebrations also includes lighting firecrackers and gifting each other with money placed in red envelopes.

2014 – The Year of the Horse
According to the zodiac legend, each year represents a different animal. It is also believed that the person born in a particular year will have some of the characteristics of that animal. The New Chinese Year will begin on Friday 31st January 2014 and symbolizes the Year of the Horse.

People born under this sign are said to be very hard working, independent, intelligent, ambitious and successful. They can easily cope with number of projects at once, and can fall in love very quickly. Furthermore they are popular amongst their friends, refuse failure and are talented speakers with great communication skills. However their known weaknesses include impatience, being hot blooded, having a bad temper, and not being good handling financial matters. Moreover, they find it difficult to listen to the advice of others, and often they get involved in many things but struggle to finish their own projects.

If you would like to experience the Chinese New Year and be part of the celebrations, join us at the Grand Hotel Excelsior for Our Chinese New Year Celebration Dinner on Thursday 30th January 2014. Contact Our Food & Beverage Team on food.beverage@excelsior.com.mt or on 21250520 to place your booking.

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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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