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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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Figolli in the making. Photo: Nanette Johnson

Easter’s not Easter without ‘World Figolli Day’

Announcing World Figolli Day. We are all for globalising this delicious Maltese Easter treat! Enter a fun figolla bake-off that’s the brainwave of a Maltese-Australian food blogger.

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Imnarja Folk Festival

Imnajra: the folk feast (on rabbits too)

Imnarja is one folk festival that’s not manufactured. It’s an age-old tradition still living on.

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two sides to mothers' day in Malta

Mothers’ Day in Malta: an alternative view.

Mothers’ Day in Malta sees roadside stalls selling pink hydrangeas. It’s a tradition. And traditional is the way Malta views the role of women. It’s time this changed.

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The Legend of the Farmhouse the Devils Built

There’s a strange, abandoned farmhouse on the way to Mellieha Bay. Is it the source of fiction, fact or fantasy? Evarist Bartolo recounts a slice of Malta’s rich, fascinating folklore and myth.

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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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A window on the Maltese Character

The traditional Ghonella is long gone, but not so many a Maltese custom and characteristic! We look at those alive and kicking in Malta today!

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