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You could win 2 Business Class tickets to any Air Malta Destination!

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Love could be in the air for you and a partner this Valentines!

Friday 20 January 2023

To celebrate The Plaza’s 30th anniversary, we are partnering with Air Malta to give away a fantastic prize: 2 return Business Class tickets to any destination served by Air Malta.
That’s pretty impressive, right?
To win these tickets, however, you’ll need to stretch your brain muscles a little. If you’re a crossword and puzzle fan, then this will be a breeze.

Important Dates

The competition starts on Monday 23 January and ends on Saturday 11 February at The Plaza, where the winner will be announced.
So, what exactly will you need to do?
Easy, show us how far you’d go for love.

Step 1

For a valid entry, all contestants must follow The Plaza’s social media accounts. Allowing both Facebook and Instagram entries, however be aware that double-posting will not be accepted and only one platform can be used per participant. This is to ensure fairness of the competition for every entrant.
Want to have a go at winning the tickets? Then make sure you don’t miss out on the three stages needed to do that!

The first stage, starting from 23 – 29 January is arguably the most important since it’s necessary to be a finalist in order to proceed.

Challenge #1

Here’s what you need to know: Unscramble the Word will be posted daily and only those who are among the first 10 to answer correctly can go through. With this challenge, contestants will have to work hard for their chance at winning that fantastic prize! But hey, don’t worry too much – clues will be available so keep an eye out for hints on our daily post!
As we will run this on both Facebook and Instagram, we will take the first 5 correct answers per platform each day.

Challenge #2

Stage 2 starts on Monday 30th January; all 70 finalists will have to tag who they’d bring with them on a dream trip, should they win. And not just that – but also list the destination they’d choose from Air Malta’s impressive selection of spots around Europe.
But don’t get too comfortable – there’s still one more challenge yet. Although it appears straightforward enough, participants should be prepared for the third and last leg of this competition – you’ll have to be at your sharpest for this one!

Challenge #3

On Saturday, February 11th, all 70 finalists will gather at The Plaza Shopping Complex to compete in a Jar of Hearts challenge. A jar filled with heart-shaped candies will be placed on display and the contestants must try to guess how many are inside.


The contestant who comes closest to guessing the correct number of hearts will win!
Sheesh – anyone could be the winner of this amazing prize!
The winner will be announced at the mall at 14:00, Saturday 11 February.

So, how far would you go for love?

Competition Dates: 23 January – 11 February
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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theplazamalta/

Terms & Conditions

Voucher is valid up to 29/02/2024 • Travel period is up to 29/02/2024 • Ticket is inclusive of taxes and charges. • Once issued, ticket is non-transferable. • Ticket is only valid on AirMalta operated scheduled flights. • Ticket cannot be exchanged for cash or other goods or services or used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Miles and mileage accrual will not be permitted on these tickets.
Date of travel is subject to availability of seat (as determined at the sole discretion of AirMalta). Embargo and peak periods as determined by Air Malta from time to time. Travel is not permitted one week before/after, and during Christmas and Easter. • Ticket is valid for travel in Business Class on a return basis. • The relevant class fare conditions shall apply. • Checked Baggage allowance 1 x 32kg. • Hand baggage allowance 1 x 10kg. • Once booking is completed no changes can be made.
Booking request is to be made by sending an email to: travel@airmalta.com • Attaching a copy of this voucher/these terms and conditions. • Air Malta requires a minimum 5 working days to confirm flight details. • Ticket cannot be used in relation to or in conjunction with a group or tour organised by a travel agent/tour operator. • Ticket must be used in its entirety.
Transportation of passengers and baggage by Air Malta shall be subject to Air Malta’s‘General Conditions of Carriage https://airmalta.com/en-mt/legal-and-policies/general-conditions-of-carriage (passenger and baggage) or any equivalent terms and conditions upon which Air Malta undertakes the carriage by air of passengers and baggage prevailing at the time of carriage and all other applicable rules, laws, regulations and International Conventions. • Passengers are responsible for obtaining the necessary passport and/or visas as well as any other requirements needed for the destinations and transfer points well in advance.

An Exceptional Father’s Day

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An Exceptional Father’s Day

Monday 14 June 2021

A day to celebrate fatherhood, this special occasion is the right time to acknowledge and recognise all dads for their efforts. Being a father brings several challenges and all deserve to be pampered during Father’s Day. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can make the experience of fatherhood a hectic one, and appreciation goes a long way to make things just a bit better.

So how do we allow for a perfect Father’s Day for our great dads?

Start off on the right foot

An exceptional day needs to start off in the right way. Allow your dad to get an extra few hours of sleep and have him covered for a close morning shave, shower and facial products. To help your dad transition to a smooth morning, several outlets such as The Body Shop and Franks at The Plaza have you covered.

You may also want to help your dad to pamper himself with a visit to Antonio’s Barbershop for a cool haircut and defined trim. After that is done, you might want to extend your dad’s pampering with a delightful breakfast served at Dr Juice.

A relaxing afternoon

What’s the best way to combat the stress of a fast-paced lifestyle? A massage, a picnic, a day at the beach or quality lunch should definitely feature on your list. In Malta, there are several places where you can enjoy a tranquil spot without a care in the world. Places such as Wied iz-Zurrieq, Golden Bay and many other quiet and green areas located in the northern area of Malta are ideal for a relaxing picnic. You can also opt to top this relaxing afternoon with a great lunch for Father’s Day, so make sure you plan ahead! 

Expand the movie night experience

What do we lack in today’s fast-paced lifestyle? Quality time! Spending time together with your dad is a gift in itself. One way to spend the night in both an enjoyable and tranquil manner is by watching a good movie or series. For such an occasion, you may decide to treat your father to an enhanced movie experience, through a projector and quality sound system. You would be thrilled to know that Intercomp have available a portable projector, sound bar and speaker to help you out in planning this memorable evening. 

For such a movie night, you need to be spoilt for choice in terms of food options available. The Plaza Food Court offers an extensive selection through a wide variety of international cuisines to satisfy your taste buds. 

For this year’s Father’s Day, The Plaza is planning an exciting schedule with gifts to be won. These include:


  1. Get a unique code with every €10 spent
  2. Register your contact details
  3. Input your codes directly at The Plaza (on one of the tablets) OR Online
  4. Find out if you won

SHOP & WIN – Father’s Day Edition

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SHOP & WIN – Father’s Day Edition

Friday 11 June 2021

We are pleased to announce that the Shop and Win is being relaunched for Father’s Day. Winners will benefit from some fantastic prizes such as:

The offer will be available for a limited time starting from the 11th till the 19th  June. Win one prize per day from 11.06 till 19.06 and two special prizes on Sunday 20th June for Father’s Day.

So how does the Shop & Win work?

You will be pleased to hear that you can easily qualify for the offer without breaking the bank. You will be able to collect a Plaza code for every 10 euros spent and become eligible to participate.

Participating in this offer is easy. Simply visit the below page and insert the details accordingly:

Prior to registration, those participating will need to answer a simple question and then proceed with entering their unique code. Eligibility also requires that those willing to participate Like The Plaza Shopping Centre Facebook page.

The winners will be contacted via the email address provided, so make sure to check your inbox regularly! You do not want to miss out on your winner’s email.

With all the outlets available at The Plaza, your Christmas shopping is covered and what better way to wrap it all up than with the chance of winning a gift to treat yourself? The options available guarantee that you can buy gifts to suit anyone’s tastes and preferences. Eager to claim your prize? The more you shop at The Plaza, the better your chances.

The Plaza Cares

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The Plaza Cares

Thursday 03 June 2021

Over the years being an established business, The Plaza has long considered its corporate social responsibility commitments to be of paramount importance. It underscores our identity as an organisation that goes beyond its core business objectives, playing the role of a responsible and ethically minded entity. Throughout the years, The Plaza has made a number of significant contributions to various charity organisations in need of support and in this article, we shall be mentioning a few of these. Through its donations, The Plaza has contributed to several causes.

Health and Care

Dar Bjorn

The first Dar Bjorn was opened in November 2017 in Qormi. It currently homes thirteen residents, with severe neurological ailments. The nursing home in Qormi was opened after a successful TV telethon during TVM’s popular show Xarabank, raised by the ALS Malta Foundation and its founder, Bjorn Formosa who suffers from ALS.

Image Source – DAR Bjorn Facebook

Dar Bjorn works to improve the quality of life of people with ALS, MS and other neurological conditions through round the clock nursing and specialised treatment. Other services are offered including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, psychological services, spiritual services, general medicine, nutritional services, podology and neurological consultancy.

Residents at Dar Bjorn are served with the latest medical technology, provided free of charge. Dar Bjorn is equipped with an intelligent smart home system and an eye gaze centralised controller. Live streaming entertainment and smart audio systems are also available inside each room.

Hospice Malta

Hospice Malta is a voluntary organisation inspired by Christian values. It serves to provide and promote the highest standards of Palliative care for persons with cancer, motor neuron disease, end of life respiratory issues, cardiac, renal and liver disease.

Image Source – hospicemalta.org

ALIVE Charity Foundation

The ALIVE Charity Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that raises funds for cancer research and awareness. It organises philanthropic events to collect donations that support its mission. In just its first year of operation it donated around seventy thousand Euro for breast cancer research and awareness.

Source – ALIVE Charity Foundation Facebook

Malta Diabetics Association

The Association emphasises on the importance of education, being composed of a committee of parents of children with diabetes, persons with diabetes and paramedics. This entity serves the purpose of allowing people with diabetes to meet, discuss their challenges and receive information.

Image Source – Malta Diabetics Association Facebook

Well-being of Children

Ursuline Sisters

The Congregation of the Ursuline Sisters of St. Angela Merici was founded in Malta by Monsignor Isidoro dei Conti Fomosa in 1887 to take care of poor and abandoned babies and children. The congregation has nine homes in Malta, one in London, three in Noto and one in Catania.

Image Source – Maltese Ursuline Sisters of St. Angela Merici Facebook

Right 2 Smile Foundation

Right 2 Smile is a non-governmental organisation offering opportunities for volunteers to engage in social projects with children and their communities around the world.

Image Source – Right 2 Smile Facebook

Safeguarding of cultural heritage and environment

Din l-Art Ħelwa, National Trust of Malta

The Plaza actively promotes and supports the preservation of cultural heritage and natural environment. Din l-Art Ħelwa, National Trust of Malta, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit, voluntary organisation founded in 1965 to safeguard the historic, artistic and natural heritage of Malta. Since its inception, Din l-Art Ħelwa has restored and managed several cultural sites of immense historic and environmental value. It promotes the protection of historic buildings and monuments, the character of towns and villages, and areas of natural beauty and importance, and the flora and fauna of such places. It emphasises upon the enforcement of existing laws and the implementation of new ones to protect our natural and built heritage.

Image Source – Din l-Art Helwa

Care for animals

The Island Sanctuary

The Island Sanctuary has been in operation for over thirty years, catering for the needs of stray and abandoned dogs in Malta. It was originally founded and registered as a charity organisation with the name of Animal Samaritans in 1986. With the granting of an official lease to use Fort Tas-Silg, Delimara in 1991, the Animal Samaritans transferred to a better location and the entity changed its name to The Island Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary is supported by the generous contributions of the public and a number of volunteers who dedicate their time to its running and the welfare of dogs.

Image Source – The Island Sanctuary Malta Facebook

RMJ Horse Rescue

The aim of RMJ’s Horse Rescue is to rescue abandoned and neglected horses and provide care for them until they are ready to be rehomed. It also offers the opportunity for individuals to adopt and care for healthy horses.

Image Source – RMJ Horse Rescue Facebook

The Plaza is committed to assist NGO’s and individuals, in consistency with its core values and mission statement. Corporate philanthropy is one of the key cornerstones in The Plaza’s mission and business undertaking. The corporate social responsibility programme developed by The Plaza aims to cater for a wide range of initiatives, positively contributing to several causes addressed by commendable entities.

“We look to give something back to the community where we do our business. We take on our responsibility and aim to give hope and a better future to those in need” – Steve Abela CEO of The Plaza.

Mother’s Day at The Plaza

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Mother’s Day at The Plaza

Wednesday 05 May 2021

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it is the perfect time to explore how you can show your appreciation, for the upcoming 9th of May. The Plaza has you covered for all types of gifts for the different mums out there, so you can benefit from the peace of mind that this coming Mother’s Day, you will have a happy mum.  Mothers are superheroes and our biggest supporters. Most of us, usually do not show enough appreciation and this coming Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all mums. Irrespective of whether they subscribe to what is portrayed as the perfect mother in the media, all should be celebrated equally.

For the chic and posh mum

Choosing a gift for the chic and posh mum is for sure no easy feat. Products complementing beauty regimes, exceptional perfumery and top-class clothing and jewellery are ideal. These types of mums invest significant time and effort to maintain their sophisticated looks, and it is only fair to reward them with a gift that contributes to the image they want to keep.  Apart from the extensive selection available at The Plaza’s outlets, we want to make your life a bit easier, and are suggesting some gifts for your consideration. Just have a look at the below options:

The miracle working mum

This particular mum leads one of the most hectic lifestyles. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can take its toll on the miracle working mum, which is why she deserves to be pampered. She deserves her break and to feel appreciated during this special day. Several delightful gift options are available and some are listed below for your consideration.

The sporty/outdoors lover mum

 A healthy mum is a happy one. Maintaining a fitness-oriented lifestyle requires discipline and commitment. Buying such a mum a gift which corresponds well with her healthy lifestyle is a smart choice. Such a gift may be sporting clothing or a blender. Pay a visit to Miss Selfridge, Stivaletti and Intercomp to source the best gift for your sporty mother. Have a look at the below options:

The new mum

Being a first-time mother is one of life’s most beautiful gifts and is cause for celebration. A mum’s first Mother’s Day should be unforgettable, as a new phase of motherhood is ushered. A sophisticated gift should help you in achieving this. Visits to Mothercare, The Body Shop and Franks are definitely worth your while. For this Mother’s Day, The Body Shop is offering two impeccable gift boxes for our new mums. Anyone would be thrilled to nourish and cleanse the skin with the British Rose and White Musk luxury gift boxes. The refreshingly floral and infused scents are excellent options to spoil the new mum.

Another delightful option for the new mum is the Trussardi Eau De Parfum, which boasts an enriching fragrance.

The casual mum

For the less fussy and more direct, The Plaza also offers several options for casual mums. BORTEX and PROMOD are sure to have various garments aimed to tickle most people’s fancy, which are comfortable for day-to-day, yet extremely stylish. For this coming Mother’s Day, have a look at the below options from BORTEX and PROMOD:

Grandma mums

How can we forget the grandma mums? They are just super! Not only do they care for their own children, but also for their kids as well! One of the best gifts that we can give to such mums is the time, which they truly deserve. If you are planning to celebrate Mother’s Day at home, you may consider one of the several dining options offered by The Plaza food hall, currently operating through take-away and delivery only, due to the current situation. The wide variety of culinary dishes is guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds.

For those who are still unsure, amidst all the wonderful options available, a voucher can also be bought, to allow mothers the flexibility of choosing whatever they wish. This can be done by following the below link:


Free flowers will be distributed to all mothers on Friday 7th May from 4pm and Saturday 8th May from 10am.
Where? On High Street (c/w Tower Road), Bisazza Street and Sliema Promenade!
The Plaza is organising this event to thank all mothers.


The way the giveaway works:

? Friday 7th May from 4pm & Saturday 8th May from 10am on High Street (c/w Tower Road), Bisazza Street, Sliema Promenade.

? Win one of the EIGHT PRIZES below:

The Plaza Shopping Centre
€100 voucher

€38 – British Rose Bath and Body Gift
€38 – White Musk Flora Deluxe Gift

€50 voucher

€50 voucher

2 free meals

€50 voucher

€50 voucher


? 1. Get your flower*, offered by The Plaza, on Friday 7th or Saturday 8th May

? 2. Fill in the tag which is attached to the flower

? 3. Drop it off in the ballot box (level 3) at The Plaza

? The EIGHT lucky winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Monday 10th May on Facebook and Instagram.

Each mother deserves to be loved and celebrated all year round, especially during Mother’s Day.

Spring and Summer Collections 2021 – Apparel Trends – What to expect?

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Spring and Summer Collections 2021 – Apparel Trends – What to expect?

Monday 26 April 2021

Following a challenging year, we can all say that we deserve to treat ourselves with the latest fashion. In this article, we shall be going into some main trends currently being touted for the upcoming spring and summer. Whilst it has been quite a difficult couple of months, it is the right time for style inspiration. So what should you consider?

Oversized shoulder pad boyfriend jackets

An eighties inspired fashion trend. Combine this with straight-leg trousers and you have achieved an ultra-modern look. Suiting this upcoming trend, are colours of powder blue, charcoal and neutral ones. The outcome of this exciting style would be quite chic.

Camel colour styling

This style type which is inspired from the seventies allows you to keep a neutral look. In this regard, you can mix and match with several styles to create the right level of contrast. A subtle yet flattering feature for your look, it is definitely worth trying out in the spring and summer months.

Source – editseven.ca

Head scarfs

A fifties and sixties inspired trend. It is catching like fire! They protect your hair and add an extra element to your overall style without being too imposing. If you want to keep it even simpler, opt for bold colours.

Source – www.essentialhome.eu

Yellow Bags

Such bags have become a trend. They are literally dominating runways and streets. The best part about a yellow bag is that it is quite easy to acquire. The different shades to choose from are endless and the style is quite timeless.

Source – www.purseblog.com

White Knee-High Boots

A style inspired by the sixties. A minimalist colour and when combined with a patterned mini dress or skirt, you will multiply the sleek touch.

Blue accessories

The plus side of such accessories is the unlimited options. Blue accessories can be combined with several styles of garments. Combine a blue handbag or hat with a black or grey outfit and you are up and ready.

Source – www.purseblog.com

We are excited to see you all again at The Plaza, with restrictions now eased! Let us tend to your fashion requirements through the many outlets available.

Retail outlets are open from 10am – 7pm.

Iconic Spots in Sliema

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Iconic Spots in Sliema

Friday 16 April 2021

One of the most popular localities in Malta, Sliema is an exceptionally vibrant and sought after area. It is delightfully positioned next to the sea, allowing for impeccable views throughout. Sliema’s architecture is beautifully integrated consisting of modern apartments, old houses and Baroque churches. Sliema attracts volumes of people all throughout the year for different reasons including entertainment, shopping and night life. In this article, we shall be discussing some iconic spots in Sliema.

Sliema promenade

One of the key distinguishing features of Sliema. Locals and revellers simply call it “the front”. It is the place where joggers, dog walkers and strollers congregate, especially during the summer months! Whilst one is at the Sliema promenade, the Torri ta’ San Giljan which dates back to the 1600s, can be admired. At the promenade, one also finds the Independence Garden, which is quite a tranquil spot.

Balluta Bay

Another distinguishing feature of Sliema. Together with the clear waters, one would enjoy the magnificent view of the Carmelite Parish Church. Just behind Ballluta Bay, a bristling piazza, to enjoy a coffee or two! This bay is considered to be one of the most popular that Sliema has to offer. Apart from the casual swim, you may wish to gather some snorkeling gear. You may be impressed with the fish-filled reefs.

Qui Si-Sana Gardens

One of the poshest areas in Sliema, with luxury apartments extending throughout the majority of the area, the beautiful gardens may be enjoyed after a hard day’s work or to chill during the weekend. The marvellous sea-view complements this majestic location.

Fond Ghadir

In a nutshell, the Fond Ghadir consists of man-made bathing pools. What is impressive about these baths is that they go back to the 1800s. They provide ample relaxation during the summer months. Think of them as natural bubble baths!

Sliema’s churches

Strolling in the streets of Sliema gives you the opportunity to appreciate some of the locality’s distinct churches. One of the most remarkable is the Baroque Stella Maris church. This impressive church dates all the way back to 1853. In High Street, one would notice the oldest religious building, constructed in 1802, known as the Our Lady of Graces. Throughout the summer months, most of Sliema’s churches would be elegantly designed in anticipation of their respective feast.

March Spring Time – A Fresh Beginning?

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March Spring Time – A Fresh Beginning?

Friday 26 Feb 2021

As the colder weather starts to subside, and we get accustomed to brighter days, we cannot help but hope for a fresh beginning. The past couple of months have been enormously difficult for most. The rapid global spread of a dangerous pandemic, lockdowns and restrictions, followed by an economic halt, disrupted numerous lives.

The fresh breeze of spring is undoubtedly welcome, especially as many countries across the world are seeking an exit from the pandemic. In view of the new beginning, there are several things we can look forward to and you should approach it in style.

Clothing outlets at The Plaza

In view of the upcoming and much anticipated spring season, there are several retail options for you at The Plaza. The new season will undoubtedly call for the need of new clothes and you are indeed spoilt for choice at The Plaza. Irrespective of whether you are looking for formal wear or casual clothing, you can find a wide array of options to match your tastes. Perhaps you are looking forward to some new suits to greet the new season, especially now that more employees are working at offices. You would be delighted with a visit to Bortex. 

You may also be in for some casual clothing as you slowly start planning to catch up with friends and acquaintances, once the situation improves. Several outlets can cater for your casual clothing choices including Junction, LC Waikiki, Riot, Miss Selfridge, Mimi and promod.

Pamper yourself this spring

The new season is the perfect opportunity to pamper yourself with a new style and haircut. You will be satisfied with a haircut from Antonio’s Barber Shop or some perfumes available from the numerous outlets. You also have the opportunity to pamper yourself through the products offered at The Body Shop.

Culinary delight

Whilst you are shopping for your new items to enjoy this spring, you can enjoy a delightful meal at the recently established food court. The choice of cuisines is endless as you can experience different international tastes, all available at the same food court. As the situation improves significantly, you may plan for some outings to experience the cuisines available this spring, enriching your culinary experience.

 Looking forward to spring? We are! We look forward to welcoming you at The Plaza.

Easter Traditions in Malta

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Easter Traditions in Malta

Friday 26 Feb 2021

Easter is one of Malta’s most anticipated feasts and many prepare for it months in advance. As Easter quickly approaches, we shall discuss some of the common Easter traditions in Malta. Perhaps this year, we would be in a position to enjoy some of the most common traditions in Malta.

Source: Zejtun – Good Friday Procession (6) | Easter Celebrations | Pictures | Malta in Global-Geography

Good Friday

This is a holiday which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus, preceding Easter Sunday, the day of his resurrection. During this day, many would typically avoid the consumption of meats and sweets to show religious respect. Quite common on Good Friday are the traditional sfineg. These are delightful fried treats that are filled with anchovies and olives. These would be quite delightful following the seven visits on Maundy Thursday, which bring Maltese families together. 

Easter eggs and figolli

Easter is synonymous with lovely treats and delights. Easter eggs are quite delightful and figolli make afternoon tea an immense treat. These are treats that are normally made available during the Easter period, so you would do well to indulge.

Easter lunch

Another Easter tradition where you can enjoy several meal courses that make the day special. This would consist of a full-blown meal including nibbles, starters, drinks and a main course to die for. It is very common that you would end up eating from these dishes for days. As you can imagine, the mood would be quite different from that of Good Friday. The feel would be that of celebration rather than the solemnity which is evident on Good Friday.

Source: Kwarezimal – Mannarinu

Easter associated food

Together with the delightful figolli mentioned earlier on, there is the Kwarezimal. During the period of lent, many people would give up eating on meat and sweets, however Kwarezimal are allowed. These are delicious, chewy, nutty, orange-flower flavoured local biscuits. There is also the Qaghaq tal-Appostoli. This is the traditional unleavened loaf of bread eaten after the Seven Visits on Maundy Thursday. It is a ring-shaped loaf of unleavened bread made with honey and garnished with almonds and sesame seeds. 

Are you looking forward to this Easter? We are!

Malta’s Unique Carnival Cancelled for the First Time Since World War 2

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Malta’s Unique Carnival Cancelled for the First Time Since World War 2

Monday 25 Jan 2021

As we progress through the new year, within just a couple of days, we would normally be looking forward to Carnival. A yearly event in which both adults and children rejoice for some fun and quality time. 

Why do we look forward to Carnival?

Carnival represents five days of fun-filled activities, colours, competitions, events and the traditional “karrijiet”. The festivities of Carnival take place just before Lent, prior to Ash Wednesday, to be exact. Children would typically look forward to Carnival due to the school holidays which accompany it. Families normally make their way to Valletta to enjoy the brimming atmosphere, music and people in costumes.

malta carnival

Photo Credit: Zarb Coaches

Carnival’s background and its relevance today

The celebration of Carnival can be traced back to the 1400s. This event used to be celebrated in a grandeur style by The Knights of St. John where they used to enjoy strength competitions and balls. It is quite remarkable that Carnival managed to survive throughout all these years. Although it has evolved into something a bit different, the activities are enjoyed in full swing, with the main parades taking place in both Valletta and Floriana. It is also quite common that balls and parties are organised in both Malta and Gozo. Such parties would typically consist of attendees being dressed up with face masks and other colourful costumes.

Photo Credit: MyGuideMalta

It is also customary that young people would celebrate Carnival in Nadur. The celebrations taking place in Nadur would normally be a bit different than the ones in Valletta or Floriana. This Carnival is not usually televised and gathers quite some controversy, since religious institutions have protested in the past about how the celebrations were held. The Carnival in Nadur is simply however, the result of a group of people meeting and congregating, not organised by any specific committee.

Thyes, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Carnival in Malta is also synonymous with a particular type of cake that most enjoy. Going for a stroll in Valletta or visiting most confectionaries, you can purchase the traditional ‘Prinjolata’. This is quite a distinguishing treat, including sponge cake, almonds, eggs, coated with meringue and finished off with chocolate and cherries. They would typically be quite big and are sold according to weight.

Prinjolata, Photography Ian Noel Pace

With Carnival being cancelled for the very first time since World War Two, due to the pandemic, we will be holding onto our costumes for the coming year.