Maltese people are very religious and the Carnival is a tradition anchored in their life. In 1535, further to the installation of the knights of the order of St John on the island, the first carnival appeared in Malta.
This annual party takes place every year in February, seven Sundays before the Easter. This year, it will be from Thursday, February 23rd till Tuesday, February 28th.
During this period, the island is livened up by activities of all kinds. However, two atmospheres distinguish themselves: the carnival of Valletta and Floriana and the other one from Gozo to Victoria and in the village of Nadur.
1 – Family atmosphere for the capital – Valletta
During all year, Maltese get ready to contribute to the big parades of Valletta and Floriana. Indeed, during 5 days, parade of numerous gigantic floats representing any sort of media personalities, animals or mythical creatures, accompanied with brass bands and with dancers.
2 – Comic and festive atmosphere to Nadur
The festivities to Victoria, capital of Gozo, are rather similar to those of Valletta and Floriana. However, it is the celebrations of the small village of Nadur that made the Carnival of Gozo popular. And it is in one any other atmosphere that is celebrated the Carnival of Nadur.
Indeed, this one is a spontaneous carnival. Nothing is prepared it is about a grouping of numerous party people dressed in strange, grotesque and funny costumes on a small square of the city.
However, it is in a particular atmosphere, you can find music groups and DJ in streets and picturesque bars there.
Furthermore, as for the most part of their traditions, Maltese cook local specialities for every event. The traditional cake store for this period of the year is called: “Prinjolata”. This cake, in the shape of bell, consists of almonds and eggs, covered with meringue and decorated with some chocolate and cherries.
Finally, to close these five days: costume ball, final parade to Floriana and a firework on the port of Marsamxett.
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