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Siggiewi Maundy Thursday

Easter in Malta: a quick guide to Holy Week

A guide to Easter week in Malta & Gozo. From solemn spectacles and prolonged pageants to traditions, food and family rituals.

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Undertaker cum taxi driver, Valletta, Malta. Photo: Alex Grech

The Grateful Dead

We love the dead, especially in November. The month Malta mourns its souls and tolls bells for its dearly departed.

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Siggiewi Festa preparations

Of Men & Saints: getting ready for a Maltese festa

A Maltese village festa sees mass mobilisation of community for a common cause – to celebrate the local patron saint. We marvel at this incredible show of community spirit.

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Easter, time to ponder religious passions

It’s the run-up to Easter, the most important date in Malta’s religious calendar. What better time to reflect on the nation’s zealousness for religious feasts, festas and more?

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Malta’s Steeplejacks

Festa preparations know no limits in Malta. People seem to risk life and limb in making sure it’s alright on the night. But scaling belfries and domes without safety equipment? All part of the tradition!

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Walking with Statues

A statue of the Madonna that rings your doorbell. Another of Malta’s religious traditions that’s probably dying out. Has the Virgin Mary visited you recently?

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Not a bridesmaid but a child at Holy Communion.

God Bless the Little Children who do Holy Communion

It’s coming up to Holy Communion time of year in Malta! Liittle kids, angelic in their fancy frocks and stiff suits take their first religious right of passage. Here’s one mum’s proud but bemused view of it all…

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Pontificating on the Pontiff

2010 may turn out to be an ‘annus horibilis’ for Pope Benedict XVI. But it won’t be shaped by his merely catching sight of a piece of Malta’s modern art!

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Preaching to the Converted: Pope Benedict in Malta

Will Malta’s parish priests get to meet the man or just see a papal wave from a high-speed Popemobil? More importantly, will Pope Benedict’s visit to Malta in April be more than just a rallying cry to the already faithful?

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Malta’s Big Issue: Religion

It dominates the rhythms of Malta’s daily life, from the bells ringing in mass at 4.30am to evening catechism classes for kids. We’re never far from religion in Malta, and never far from hot debate about it either.

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Choice Churches to visit in Malta

A church a day helps you work, rest and play! Good for the skyline, and perhaps good for the soul? Our pick of the best of Malta’s celebrated 365 churches and counting.

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Saints & Street Parties

Malta’s festa season is almost upon us. We preview these summer celebrations, with their overtones of religion and huge dose of noise and merriment.

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