The Maltese Culture
The rich culture of the island of Malta is due to the rich history of this wonderland, which goes back as much as 4,000 years. The eclectic history is the reason you might find numerous events, feasts, celebrations and special occasions.
The year starts with the carnival, which is spreads for a week in February, before preparing for Lent. Adults and children dress in special costumes and take part in the parade. In Nadur, on the island of Gozo, the celebrations of the carnival has a macabre twist. The week before Easter brings the inhabitants of Malta on the street, for processions. The religious event is celebrated with men in penitence that carry a cross. The solemnity of the Holy Week aims to commemorate the passion of Christ and prepare the people for the joy of resurrection. After Easter, it follows the Feast of San Grigor. On the Wednesday after Easter Sunday, a religious procession starts from the chapel of St. Clement in Zejtun and reaches the fishing village of Marsaxlokk.
Notte Bianca is held in spring, on the same time as the other European countries hold their museums open for the night long, with free entrance. On the 29th of June, Saints Peter and Paul are celebrated with the occasion of I-Imnarja. The people celebrate this harvesting festival with family picnics, folk music, agricultural show, but also horse and donkey races. Between Easter Sunday and September, many festivals dedicated to different village saint patrons take place with street processions, food stalls, statues and even fireworks. The Fireworks festival is held each spring in the idyllic harbour of Valetta.
On the 8th of September, is it the time of Victory Day, a public holiday in Malta. It celebrates Our Lady’s birth, the end of Great Siege of 1565 and the surrender day of the Italian Navy to British in the Second World War. Alarme is a type of celebration that takes place each third Sunday between February and November. The Maltese people celebrate their rebellion against the rule of Napoleon in 1800.