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What makes Malta unique to locals?

It is often the tourists who are asked what makes Malta unique for them. Have you ever wondered what would locals consider special about their own country?

The size and connection: In Malta wherever one goes and whoever they meet, they will always find out that they are somehow connected either through family, friends, workmates etc. Malta is also unique due to it’s short distances, great weather, beautiful sea and the fact that no one is more than 30 minutes away. Wherever on the island, you are always only a maximum of 20 minutes away from the beautiful sea and coast. Due to the island’s size, travelling abroad is very easy – the Malta International Airport is easily accessible from all around the island, so travelling for even a short break is a worthwhile.

Malta boasts a diverse multi-faceted history, combined with a geographical location, excellent weather and relatively a safe destination. The megalithic structures are claimed of being the oldest free standing edifices in the world, predating Stonehenge.

St. John's Co Cathedral

St. John’s Co Cathedral, Valletta

Other unique Maltese characteristics include:

  • Malta is also renowned for its old character houses with the colourful Maltese balconies and local traditional food.
  • Malta’s historic bastions which give beautiful scenes to Malta’s landscapes.
  • A church on every street corner with people actually still going to church in great numbers.
  • No matter how much Maltese complain about the way they do things, they are truly good at heart.
  • Maltese also consider themselves to be hardworking, generous and compassionate.
  • As in other countries in the South of Europe, the Maltese are also known for living with their parents well into their twenties and thirties.

If you would like to know more about Malta’s history and culture and would like to visit some interesting places during your holidays in Malta feel free to check out our self-guided Malta tours. Kindly also contact our chauffeur driven service and they will be able to assist you.

Photo courtesy of Viewing Malta

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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.

chinese new year celebrations

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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