With numerous festivals, processions, walk and miscellaneous other celebrations, the Easter week in Malta is more commemorated than Christmas.
Holy Week, which is intended to celebrate the passion, the death and the resurrection of the Christ, begins officially on Palm Sundays (on April 9th this year), one week before Easter Sunday. In Malta, it begins on Friday 30th with different processions around Malta. Throughout this week, lots of illuminations will be shown in the streets of Malta.
During Holy Thursday, numerous churches expose representations of the last dinner (the last meal of Jesus Christ but also the beginning of the mourning). During Holy Thursday, the tradition wants families to visit seven churches to pay tribute in the altars.
On Holy Thursday night, lots of people will walk around Malta. They will walk at night (around 10.000 Christians) between Mellieha and Marsascala (more than 30 KM from 2AM to 7.30AM). Everything is planned: provisioning the night walkers, buses….
Easter Friday is the official mourning day here in Malta. Churches are devoid of their traditional ornaments, absence of bell and mass bring a very dark atmosphere. However, huge processions take place in diverse sites: Zebbug (Malta), Xaghra (Gozo), Valletta (Malta), Three Cities (Malta), Mosta (Malta)… and more. The processions generally take place in the afternoon.
Finally, Easter Sunday, the atmosphere is completely different. Indeed, the Maltese people celebrate the resurrection of the Christ. A procession takes place from early morning. During this one, a statue of the risen Christ is carried by the procession accompanied by brass bands… Churches find their brightness and special masses are organized. The event is the most impressive in the Harbour of Valletta or in the 3 Cities.
What are you going to eat for Easter in Malta?
During Easter Sunday, families meet around a big lunch and offer small presents to each other (chocolate eggs). They also eat a “Figolli” (cookie in the almond paste, chocolate brown and in the lemon) in order to break the fast.
You will also find Hot Cross Buns which are brioche perfumed in candied fruits.
As you might know, all feast have its specialty in Malta:
- Kusksu: a traditional soup of beans
- Qaghaq your l Appostli: bread decorated with almonds and seeds of sesame
- Kwarezimal: a cake prepared with honey, almonds and diverse spices.
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