10 Reasons To Spend Easter In Malta

By February 15, 2018 August 8th, 2018 Intercontinental Malta
Good Friday Procession

Beautiful countryside, stunning beaches, rich history, and a wealth of activities to choose.

Malta is an island, which already has a huge amount of attributes on its side.

This Easter, why not try a location which has all of this and more to offer you, and make sure it is a holiday you never forget for all the right reasons!

Easter Procession

1. Holy Week

Easter in Malta is a long affair, with a strong religious significance.

The celebrations begin the Friday preceding Good Friday when a statue of Our Lady of Sorrows is carried in a procession through the streets of Valetta, the capital, as well as many other small towns and villages.

This kicks off the Easter celebrations and is a wonderful experience to be part of.

2. Maundy Thursday

Towards the end of Holy Week, the celebrations really kick up a gear on Maundy Thursday.

This is when the Last Supper is commemorated, and worshippers pay visits to seven ‘Altars of Repose’, all in different churches.

‘Altars of Repose’ are altars where the Communion hosts, which are consecrated during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday are placed, in preparation for Good Friday, and so form a crucial part of the Easter celebrations.

The altars are beautifully decorated and offer a real visual treat, as well as the opportunity to reflect on the holiday and celebrations.

Maunday Thursday In Siggiewi

3. Good Friday

A rather sombre affair, Good Friday is seen as a day of penance and is observed through veneration of the cross and processions in different locations, during which scenes from the Passion and Death of Christ are carried processionally.

Although this may seem a gloomy day, it is a crucial part of the whole Easter experience in Malta and is a fascinating privilege to be part of.

4. Easter Sunday

A day of huge celebration, Easter Sunday opens with the ringing of the bells in churches to celebrate the resurrection.

At mid-morning, a statue of the Risen Christ is processioned through the streets and carried triumphantly into the church. This is a day for celebration, fun, and, another crucial aspect…

Easter Sunday Procession

5. Easter Eggs!

On Easter Sunday, it is traditional to present children with chocolate coated Easter Eggs as part of the celebration, along with figolla, which is almond filled pastry in the shape of a rabbit, lamb, heart or fish.

Both of these are treats following the fantastic family feast which takes place.

6. Easter Feast

The Easter feast is the pinnacle of the celebrations and is an occasion for the whole family to get together.

Delicacies include kwarezimal, also known as ‘Lenten’ cookies, which are sweet, traditional cakes or biscuits, more common during the period of Lent, but also widely celebrated and enjoyed as an Easter sweet.

Kwarezimal Easter Treat

Also popular are the delicious qagħaq tal-għazel – or ‘honey rings.’

Traditionally found at Christmas, these sweet treats are also very much enjoyed on other feast days including Easter!

Qagħaq tal-appostili is also an important treat at this time of year – literally known as the ‘Apostles Bread Rings,’ this is a delicious bread which is sold and enjoyed during Lent, and during the traditional Easter lunch.

Malta is, of course, famous for its incredible bread, so this is a treat not to be missed!

Qaghaq tal-appostli

7. Beautiful Weather

Outside of the religious celebrations for Easter, there is another very simple reason to visit: the wonderful weather even at this early time of year.

The islands are lush and green, temperatures are warm and mild, but not hot enough to be obtrusive, and the sun is a constant companion.

This time of year is also perfect for visiting with family and for sightseeing – you can take time to enjoy yourself without worrying about little ones overheating or becoming uncomfortable.

8. Wonderful Coastlines

For a perfect family holiday, Malta is the ideal destination for sun, sea and sand.

With breathtaking coastlines and stunning scenery, this is a perfect place to enjoy your family in a wonderful location.

For the ultimate seaside break which may not have necessarily been your first thought, head to Malta!

Malta Coastline

9. Camping In The Countryside

For a unique Easter idea, and a relaxing break, take a wonderful opportunity to discover the stunning Maltese countryside.

Head to the Buskett Gardens for a greener side to Malta, and lose yourself in beautiful woodland.

Return to nature on an unforgettable camping trip, and make the most of Malta’s wonderful year-round weather to experience something a bit different.

Malta Buskett

10. Immersive Culture

Malta at Easter is a country of celebration, festival and fun.

It is a chance to truly throw yourself into the culture of the islands, and experience the festival of Easter from an insider perspective.

For a chance to dance, eat, drink, celebrate, and be part of something truly special, there really is no better place to spend your Easter break in 2018 than this wonderful haven in the middle of the Mediterranean!

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