Traditions in Malta
During your stay, attend a rural festival in Malta or linger in an "Il-Kazin": you will see the customs and listen to traditional Maltese music.

The Carnival.

Since 1535, the carnival of Malta is a great Maltese tradition. An event to live! Five days of celebration with highlights: masked balls, big parades of Floriana or Nadur, final fireworks in the port Marsamxett. All over Malta and Gozo, the most senseless costumes and tanks of genius wander to the sound of the most furious music!

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Rural festivals.


Every August, the Victoria Agricultural Fair (Il-Wirja ta 'Santa Marija) is an opportunity to discover Gozo's crafts and food products. Its agricultural competition rewards the best breeders of horses and dogs as well as farmers (sheep, cows, goats)


The strawberry festival (Festa Frawley). The strawberry is in Mgarr what it is in Plougastel Daoulas: a cult! The whole village is mobilized! Its annual feast attracts thousands of people who come back loaded with kilos of this delicious red fruit, enjoy drinks, pies, strawberry-flavored cakes. The pleasure of the eyes before the compositions exposed on the forecourt of the church, and ears with the folk groups which animate the day. It takes place on Sunday, April 10 this year (2016).


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Il-Kazin.

Each city and village has its "laziness", a kind of club with a bar, from the English heritage. Young and old meet there for a drink, chatting or playing cards or billiards but not only!
Each Kazin is also a "Band club" with its fanfare! And it is the one who will compete with the greatest number of musicians, animations and colors, especially during the fiestas! Place of political discussions where the elections are preparing, it is sometimes very animated! Inescapable place of Maltese life!

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The-ghana.


The singer starts an old ballad or an improvisational theme on which he competes with other friends, in a good mood. The guitars accompany the songs. Floriana organizes each year the L-ghana festival in the beautiful botanical gardens of Argotti.


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The music.



With British colonization, brass bands and brass instruments took the Maltese musical traditions into the background. Nevertheless, folk groups compose with old wind instruments (bagpipes, flute) and tambourines during fiestas. Many of them are regularly invited abroad. An awareness, this last decade, brings a dynamic to the traditional music of Malta. It is, therefore, a pleasure to see young musicians take over from the old.