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FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY: 15 AUGUST 2016

Assumption-Mqabba

The feast of the Assumption is honoured all around the Maltese Islands, and also has a prominent place in the history of Malta. Celebrations are held in seven different villages for a whole week up till the 15th of August, the day of the Assumption.

Amongst these villages one must mention a village in the South West of Malta called Mqabba, which is one of the most popular around the island.

In fact a lot of people and tourists visit this village on the 14th of August for a spectacular fireworks show synchronised with music, which afterwards leads to a show of ground mechanical fireworks. The Saint Mary fireworks factory offers innovative displays. During the feast the night sky illuminates and is vibrant with colourful and artistic fireworks.

During this week band marches cheer the streets which end every night in the village’s square where the utmost celebrations are reached.┬áThe climax of the feast is reached on the 15th of August where in the morning a panegyric mass takes place where the life and virtues of Our Lady are praised and in the evening the beautiful and devoted statue of Saint Mary is taken out as a procession around the streets of the village where hymns and prayers dedicated to Holy Mary are played. The feast ends that night once the statue is back in place at the church, leaving the devotees and enthusiasts eagerly waiting for next year’s celebrations.

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