Valletta, Malta Maltese festa Malta festa
Leave your feedback
LEAVE YOUR FEEDBACK

Video ID: 438

Submitting Feedback

Village feasts have been part of Maltese culture for decades

Description

Religious feasts or ‘festas’ have been an important part of Maltese culture for decades.

Maltese summer nights are particularly memorable for their long history of village feasts,.

As well as a religious celebration, feasts are well known for their bright firework displays, processions, vibrant colours, band marches, crowded village squares and electric atmosphere.

Since every village has at least one patron saint, there are approximately 60 village feasts that take place every summer alone.

The feasts featured in our archive footage from the 1950s are the Festa Madonna tal-Karmnu held in Valletta every July and the Festa Santa Marija held in Mosta every August.

Some feasts, such as the Feast of St Peter and St Paul in June have become national holidays.

Loud, colourful and exciting, Malta’s pyrotechnic abilities are shown off at every festa with massive firework displays which take months and months to plan and prepare.

The ceremonial highlight of any festa is the carrying of the statue of the village saint out of the church and into the streets, accompanied by a cheering crowd

Each festa typically has the same structure. Five days of festivities revolving around the patron saint of each parish, building up to the weekend feast itself.

The Maltese village festa sums up all that is Mediterranean in one event.

More places from Valletta

Malta pays tribute to Sir Winston Churchill
Valletta, Malta churchill in malta churchill death
This archive footage shows how Malta mourned the death of Sir Winston Churchill....
A new lease of life for a Valletta landmark
Valletta, Malta Anton Buttigieg mcc opening 1979
This archive footage shows some of the extensive restoration work carried out in...
Honouring Maltese social reformer Manwel Dimech
Valletta, Malta
This film from the archives shows the installation of a statue of Maltese social...
Valletta marks a very special anniversary
Valletta, Malta Archbishop Michael Gonzi valletta anniversary
This colour footage from the archives shows special events in Valletta in 1966 t...
The proud history of Fort St Elmo in Valletta
Valletta, Malta
Guarding Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour is Fort St Elmo, named after the patr...
Valletta prepares for Carnival in the 1950s
Valletta, Malta carnival in malta
Carnival in Malta falls right before Lent, usually at the end of February. The f...
Building one of Malta’s most iconic landmarks
Valletta, Malta
With its huge dome, the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is one of the most ...
Malta marks the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
Valletta, Malta Easter in Malta
The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, or ‘Jum id-Duluri’ has a special p...
State Opening of Malta’s Parliament in 1950s
Valletta, Malta George Borg Olivier opening of malta parliament
This amazing film from our archives shows the pomp and ceremony surrounding the ...
Malta celebrates the Coronation of King George V
Valletta, Malta King George V Coronation
This amazing archive footage shows a military parade in Valletta to mark the Cor...
What powers does the President of Malta have?
Valletta, Malta Agatha Barbara
The President of Malta is the island’s head of state. Presidents serve a f...
‘It was terrible’: How Malta survived the war
Valletta, Malta archive footage malta war
This extraordinary archive footage shows how people in Malta struggled during th...

Places Nearby

The Valletta square that witnessed our history
Valletta, Malta St George's Square
St George’s Square has been described as ‘the heart’ of Malta̵...
Malta’s love of equestrian sports over the years
MARSA horse riding
Horse racing, dressage and showjumping have been popular events in Malta for dec...
State Opening of Malta’s Parliament in 1950s
Valletta, Malta George Borg Olivier opening of malta parliament
This amazing film from our archives shows the pomp and ceremony surrounding the ...
Malta’s Regatta has been going since the Middle Ages
Grand Harbour Freedom Day
The Regatta has been held in Malta since the Middle Ages. The first professional...
Exploring one of Malta’s oldest pre-historic temple sites
Zebbiegh Malta temples
The Skorba temples are megalithic remains on the northern edge of Zebbiegh and p...
A look back at summer camps in Malta in the 1960s
Birkirkara catholic action malta
The Youth Catholic Action Movement or ‘Żgħażagħ Azzjoni Kattolika̵...
A Maltese Christmas Tradition on Christmas Eve
Gwardamanġa
The procession of Baby Jesus is commonly held on Christmas Eve in the quiet stre...
Building one of Malta’s most iconic landmarks
Valletta, Malta
With its huge dome, the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is one of the most ...
‘Move back please’: Remembering Malta’s vintage buses
Floriana Malta bus
Loved and hated in equal measure, Malta’s vintage buses were a tourist att...
How Maltese workers are among the luckiest in Europe
Msida General Workers Union
Maltese workers are the luckiest in Europe when it comes to holidays. Malta is...
Ceremony marks end of British military base in Malta
Birgu Dom Mintoff Freedom Day
  The last minute of 31st March 1979 marked the end of an era as Malta ceas...
The history behind Malta’s beloved Chadwick Lakes
Rabat Sir Osbert Chadwick Chadwick Lakes
Chadwick Lakes have long been popular with families who enjoy picnics in the Mal...