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Holy Week and Easter in Malta

Easter is a festive, religious and emotional time for both locals and tourists. It is thus no surprise that one find tourists wondering around the towns and villages during the various processions and pageants that take place during the weeks preceding Easter. They try to capture everything that’s happening around them on cameras.

Within the churches, celebrations become truly alive with colours, ornaments, flowers and a great number of devotees. One of the processions that is a crowd puller is the ‘Addolorata, mainly because people identify their own miseries, pain and suffering with those of Holy Mary’s. On Maundy Thursday several local devotees visit the ‘seven churches’ where they kneel, reflect and pray beside the tomb of Christ.

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Good Friday gives a sombre outlook where churches are deprived from the traditional ornamental style for a single day. The red colour, resembling the Blood of Christ, is splashed all over the churches. On Good Friday Malta is turned into Roman and Jewish pageantry. In the inner core of villages one comes across Pontius Pilate, Barabbas and other biblical characters during the renowned processions. People do some odd penitence such as carrying heavy weights or walking barefoot! Some even cover up their faces as they pay the price for a special grace they received.

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The atmosphere changes completely the following day in the evening. Celebrations start in pitch darkness. They are then illuminated by flickering candle lights. Finally there is an ‘explosion’ of light, where churches are suddenly illuminated with candles, chandeliers, bulbs and floodlights. Bells toll happily as they break the night’s silence in order to announce Christ’s resurrection, exactly when the singing of the ‘Glorja’ commences.

During these festivities there are some very special and unique Maltese delicacies. The ‘kwarezimal’ and the ‘figolli’ top the list. There are other food items such as the Lent’s ftajjar; Karamelli and hot cross buns. Although in Lent the traditional Maltese fast, yet the street vendors are as busy as bees in keeping up with the heavy demand!

Spend your Easter Holidays in Malta. Contact Our Concierge Desk during your stay and they will advise you on Where to Go and What to Do in Malta during your holidays.

Photo Credits: Viewing Malta & Mario Galea

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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.

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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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Summer Feasts in Malta

Will you be visiting the Maltese islands this summer? During the summer months, almost every weekend or even during the week, there is a feast in some village or another in Malta and Gozo. Have a look at some of the Feasts that will be taking place around Malta and Gozo during your holidays.

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The Grand Hotel Excelsior, a superior 5 star hotel in Malta has a prime location, which allows for easy access to all locations around the Maltese Islands. If you would like to visit any of these feasts during your holidays please feel free to contact our Chauffeur driven service and they will surely assist you with your travelling needs.

 

 

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