Fun & Leisure in Malta

Holy Week and Easter in Malta
15th – 21st April 2019

Holy Easter is a very important occasion in Malta as many Maltese people are very religious. In most churches one can find believers who gather in large numbers to commemorate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Holy Week in Malta starts on the Friday preceding Good Friday with the colemn procession when the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows is carried across Valletta and other towns. Malta continues to celebrate on Palm Sunday when palm leaves and olive branches are blessed in churches, but the main festivities pick up during the Easter Triduum—Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. On Maundy Thursday the Maltese people traditionally make the ‘seven visits’ (visits to seven different churches to pay homage to the Altars of Repose). On Good Friday various towns and villages honour the Passion of Christ with a solemn procession of statues in which participants are dressed as biblical characters; some participants include men bearing a cross and sometimes dragging chains as well tied to their bare feet, as an act of faith or penance. The procession in Zebbug with horses and colorful costumes attracts many visitors with its extravagance.
The peak of the holiday is Easter Sunday when the morning ringing of church bells announces the Resurrection of Christ. Traditionally, all events are held in churches with the following processions along the streets accompanied by bands playing celebratory tunes. In Gozo, the village of Xaghra is home to Gozo Easter Festival with folk singing, dancing and traditional Maltese food.All over Malta this day is celebrated with a special family lunch. People visit relatives and friends and exchange good wishes and small presents. Traditionally children are given chocolate-coated Easter eggs and a ‘figolla’—an almond-filled pastry in the shape of a rabbit, lamb, fish, or heart covered in sugar icing.

Malta International Fireworks Festival 24th April – 5th May 2019
Fireworks are a yearlong pastime in Malta, and a major part of local festi – village festivals that celebrate their respective patron saints. Taking place all the year round but particularly so in summer, these festi are always lively and colourful. The colour, of course, is best provided by the fireworks that impeccably light the Maltese skies.
2019 sees the 18th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival, organised by the Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority. In particular, it will be taking place on four nights between Wednesday, 24th April and Saturday, 4th May 2019. Year after year, the festival a guaranteed time of excitement for locals, tourists, as well as the fireworks factories around the island that get the chance to show off their skills with more gusto than ever. International pyrotechnic companies also make their way to Maltese shores to participate. Previous editions of the festival have seen entries from countries all the way between Australia and Italy.

Fireworks are a year long pastime in Malta, and a major part of local festi – village festivals that celebrate their respective patron saints. Taking place all the year round but particularly so in summer, these festi are always lively and colourful. The colour, of course, is best provided by the fireworks that impeccably light the Maltese skies.
2019 sees the 18th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival, organised by the Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority. In particular, it will be taking place on four nights between Wednesday, 24th April and Saturday, 4th May 2019. Year after year, the festival a guaranteed time of excitement for locals, tourists, as well as the fireworks factories around the island that get the chance to show off their skills with more gusto than ever. International pyrotechnic companies also make their way to Maltese shores to participate. Previous editions of the festival have seen entries from countries all the way between Australia and Italy.

Medieval Mdina 4th – 5th May 2019
On the 4th and 5th May 2019 Mdina Malta will go back in time. Two days full of medieval re-enactment and pageantry that evoke Malta’s late medieval period (1200 – 1500 AD). Re-enactment groups will perform sword fights, various battles scenes and other actions in various parts of Mdina. A medieval kitchen and tavern, large quantity of medieval merchants, food displays and spices, will also be available.
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