Category Archives: Holidays in Malta

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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SANTA SWIM 2017

santa swim 2017Join us this Saturday for our annual Santa Swim. As a tradition, the hotel themes its Christmas activities, and the selected concept this year is Cinderella. On the occasion of this year’s Santa’s Swim, characters from the fairy tale Cinderella will be joining as Santa’s special guests to do a brave dive for charity.

Each swimmer will receive a Santa hat upon registration. We will be serving well-deserved warm drinks and home-made cookies to all participants after the swim. Facilities for showering and changing will be available. A certificate of participation will be presented to all swimmers. Those who are not willing to brave the cold water are still encouraged to come and show their support.

Once again, present and former local Waterpolo players are being invited to participate in an exhibition match. At 9.30am the MCCF representatives will start collecting the donations and registering the participants. The band of the Malta Police Force will bring joy with live Christmas Carols and will be welcoming the participants at the Grand Hotel Excelsior lobby at 10am. This activity is being endorsed by the Malta Community Chest Fund and, as in previous years, H.E President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca is expected to attend.

Each participant is kindly asked to make a donation of €10 upon registration in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. Those participating will also be in the chance of winning a Dining Voucher for Two. T&C Apply. Participants are encouraged to register for this charity event by contacting the Grand Hotel Excelsior Christmas Desk on 21250520 or email christmasdesk@excelsior.com.mt.

This year, Aaron Ciantar, the 5-time World Powerboat Champion and 9-time Power Boat Builder World Champion will be attending. His World Championship boat, the 41-foot Chaudron, just back in Malta from Aaron’s latest success in Chiaggia, Italy, will be on display.

The local Ferrari Owners Club will be displaying their magnificent vehicles and a track with Junior Go Karts will be set up for children from 5 to 13 years.

Have a look at last year’s Santa Swim Edition.

We hope that you will be able to join us this year.

Kind regards,
Norbert Grixti
General Manager

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Christmas in the City

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Christmas is an exciting time for most of us – both adults and children. However, there is more to it than just receiving a beautiful gift. It is also a way of showing our appreciation towards our loved ones. When selecting gifts for our loved ones, we should put in extra thought and consideration. This may seem a mission impossible due to our busy schedule. Indeed, Christmas shopping is a task which many people dread, especially due to the extra expenses. However, if we make time to personally hand pick gifts or with a little bit of planning ahead, everyone will be happy, including your bank account.

Christmas shopping can be turned into a fun experience. Here are some ideas on how to make your Christmas shopping easier and more pocket friendly this year! If you don’t want to over spend, put a limit on the amount that can be spent and introduce Secret Santa, or as a second option, rather than buying individual gifts, aim to buy one gift and pool in the same amount. When considering gifts for your family members, perhaps you could choose something that can be enjoyed equally by everyone. Whether it’s a family board game or a family trip to a fun park, choose something that would help you create the memories together as a family. Besides, it will also ease the technology gap between parents and children. If you are a head of an organisation, you might want to consider getting a game for the common room, where most employees spend their time during the lunch break or where they hang out after work. It should be something fun which will reduce stress, strengthen working relationships, make people interact and build a stronger team… because a happy working environment equals happy employees and therefore positive outcome for the company. You should always bear in mind that Christmas is a time for us to spend quality time with our closest ones, be it friends or family. It is the time to reconnect, have fun together and create memories. At the end of the day, Christmas is about giving but having no expectation of receiving anything in  return – it’s about making others happy and having fun whilst doing so!

This Festive Season join us for a merry atmosphere and great food in a cosy and spectacular place. On behalf of the Grand Hotel Excelsior Team we wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year 2018.

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