During the summer season
there is a festa day practically every weekend and no visitor to
Malta & Gozo should leave the island without experiencing one.
The five-day festivities include the triduum, the
eve of the feast, and the feast day itself. The celebrations revolve
around the saint and his place in the village church. Besides the
special Church services
there are many outdoor festivities, band marches, food and drinks
and spectacular firework displays.
The Maltese specialize in the manufacturing of fireworks
and, in Maltese inter-village rivalry; fireworks often constitute
the benchmark for comparing the success of the various festas.
The village church,
which is the pride of every villager, is draped with red damask
and decorated with beautiful flowers. All its gold and silver treasures
are put on display to create a fitting setting for the statue of
the patron saint which is placed in a prominent position in the
church. The church facades are illuminated with hundreds of multicolored
bulbs, as are the streets, across which are suspended massive and
colorful drapes. Hundreds of flags are put on rooftops while drapes
and light bulbs are hung across the width of the covered balconies
- typical of traditional Maltese houses.
The climax of each festa being the pontifical high
mass celebrated in the mornings (09:15hrs) and in the evenings (19:00hrs).
A religious procession ensues whereby the statues of the patron
saint is carried shoulder high through the village