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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.

Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day

Friday 15 Jan 2021

During the month of February, we celebrate Valentine’s Day, where we commemorate romantic love, friendship and admiration. Every fourteenth of February, people celebrate this special occasion by sending messages of affection to partners, friends and family. It is also customary, that cards and flowers are sent to express appreciation and love.

The history of Valentine’s Day

This day is named after Saint Valentine. He was a catholic priest that lived in Rome, in the third century. This Saint has several stories to his account, which contributed to him becoming the legend that he is today. 

During the lifetime of Saint Valentine, it was a delicate time for Christians. The Emperor at the time, was of a pagan background and had set up strict laws for Christians. It was deemed that Roman soldiers should not be allowed to marry, as they had to ensure their devotion to Rome. Saint Valentine would marry such soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and it was here where he started to establish a reputation in relation to the importance he gave to love.

His activities were not to last forever as he was caught and imprisoned for not complying with the laws set out by Emperor Claudius. His good nature extended to his prison years as he catered for fellow prisoners and his jailor’s blind daughter. According to legend, Saint Valentine had cured this girl from blindness. It is said that his final act before being executed was to write to her a love message, signed “from your Valentine.”  He was killed on the 14th of February in the year 270.

Following more than two hundred years, the 14th of February was announced as St Valentine’s Day. During this period, Rome had adopted a Christian religion, with the Catholic Church determined to squash out the remains of paganism. 

In contemporary times, Valentine’s Day is celebrated by couples, with dinners, romantic getaways and gifts. For this year’s Valentine’s Day, here at The Plaza we have a wide range of gift options for your special someone. Come give us a visit and see for yourself.

January Sales at The Plaza

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January Sales at The Plaza

Saturday 02 Jan 2021

The month of January is synonymous with shopping sales. This January, outlets at The Plaza are giving out fantastic sales so that you can start the year on the right foot, benefiting from quality products at great prices. So what are the products you can benefit from during The Plaza January sales?

Men and women’s clothes

Visiting The Plaza means having the opportunity to browse through countless clothing shops, boasting different styles to satisfy the various tastes. Whether you are looking for formalwear, casual clothing or a different style, you are guaranteed a luxury of choice at The Plaza, and with the fantastic sales currently available, it is definitely the place to visit. It is also a good idea to pay a visit, especially as we progress through the winter, and you may need to upgrade your wardrobe.

Bortex

Shoes and footwear

Talking about starting the year on the right foot, you may need a new pair of shoes! Come have a look at the different collections available.

RIOT

Beauty and perfumery

The Plaza holds a number of retail shops aimed at making you look and feel better. Benefit this January as you stroll through the different shops, browsing various products of high quality and at excellent prices.

Lucy

Devices

The Plaza also allows you ample choices for devices. If you are considering a new phone, tablet or laptop to reward yourself and start the year in better fashion, you should pay a visit to Intercomp. You may encounter that phone or any other device that you would be looking for at a good price, starting off the year with a blast.

Intercomp

Kids’ clothes

The Plaza also offers an ample selection for kids’ clothes and shoes. Visiting The Plaza in January may allow you to benefit from fantastic sales for your little ones. Starting the year with a smile on their faces will definitely bring great satisfaction to you as a parent.

Mothercare

Food that makes you spoilt for choice

You may not be an avid shopping fan. In that case, you can also treat yourself to the various meals available at the food court. With the choice of different international cuisines available, you are sure to enjoy yourself, whilst the rest of the family shops.

Whilst we wish you the best for the start of the new year, we do look forward to greeting you here at The Plaza.

The Tiffen Box

Looking Back at 2020 and Looking forward to a Brighter 2021

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Looking Back at 2020 and Looking forward to a Brighter 2021

Saturday 02 Jan 2021

Many are glad to see the chapter of 2020 coming to a close, as we herald in the new year, where most are hoping that it will be a significantly better one than the previous. During this time last year, very few would have thought that the following months will be characterised by several hardships, including an uncontrollable pandemic, global lockdowns, over a million deaths and many people infected.

As we start off 2021, there is most definitely a greater sense of optimism as the world may be turning the tide. As multiple vaccines are dubbed to become available, and with programmes to get people inoculated fast, we may indeed be in a position to speak about the pandemic as a thing of the past during the course of 2021. In this article, we shall discuss some of the things we so desperately miss, and look forward to during the course of this year.

Tourism and travel

The world is definitely not the same without easy access to travel. The joy brought about by visiting a country and temporarily getting away from it all, compares to nothing. Due to airport restrictions and a general sense of fear, people are not travelling as they used to. A country such as Malta feels empty without tourists and we look forward to be able to greet them again, sooner rather than later as the situation stabilises.

Shopping

Due to the disruption caused by the pandemic, many people steered away from physical shopping, to avoid crowds, transitioning to online transactions. As the situation improves, it is expected that people will once again engage in physical shopping, as it is a totally different experience to buying through a computer or device.

Events and entertainment

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a major shift to the events and entertainment industry. Considering that the virus is so easily spreadable, there are several restrictions for events, which are capped at low amounts of attendees, without much opportunity for mingling as people are asked to remain at their seats. In a nutshell, stand-up events will have to wait. The same applies for restaurants, which also have to face restrictions, with each table being kept at a two-metre distance from the other. Bars and other outlets that serve drinks which go hand in hand with nightlife remain closed for the time being.

Once the situation improves, many would get the opportunity to indulge in several events and enjoy some well-deserved entertainment.

Shop and Win Launches Again

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Shop and Win Launches Again

Thursday 03 Dec 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Shop and Win offer will be launching again soon. Winners of this offer will benefit from some fantastic prizes such as weekend breaks at the 1926 Hotel & Spa, Kempinski and Palazzo Jean Parisot. The winners of the weekend breaks at the 1926 Hotel & Spa and Palazzo Jean Parisot will benefit from a spa voucher. A KSR MOTO Electric Scooter is up for grabs as well. The Plaza will also be announcing four winners daily, who will benefit from a fifty Euro voucher which can be spent at the shopping centre.

 

The offer will be available for a limited time starting from the 2nd till the 24th of December. Make this festive season even more special with The Plaza’s Shop and Win!

So how does the Shop and 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 ten Euro 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.

Festive Sliema

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Festive Sliema

Tuesday 01 Dec 2020

As the Christmas season approaches, many would be looking forward to the related festivities, as we enjoy one of the greatest time periods of the year. The Christmas feel is quite strong in Malta, with many adopting distinguishing decorations across homes and shops.

One place where you can definitely enjoy the festive Christmas cheer is undoubtedly Sliema. So why should you visit Sliema during this splendid time of year?

Christmas shopping

Sliema is one of the best places to cater for your Christmas shopping needs. An abundance of shops ensures that you can find whatever it is you are looking for. This is also accompanied by the fact that opening hours for shops are normally extended, hence meaning that you can shop till late, in a unique atmosphere. You could also benefit from some of the Christmas sales which may be available!

Decorations

During the Christmas period, Sliema would be very pleasantly lit up with beautiful decorations. No wonder it attracts people from all over Malta for a visit or two!

Christmas market stands

Have you ever explored the Christmas market stands which are set up in Sliema? You are in for quite a delight. These stands provide a number of different goodies to enjoy with the family and you should definitely not miss out.

Treat yourself

Sliema is one of the best places for Christmas shopping, and is an absolute treat to visit. Enjoying a visit allows you to relax and even having just a simple coffee amidst the wonderful atmosphere is already enough to calm the senses and uplift your mood. So if you are thinking about a nice family outing, one of the Sliema restaurants is indeed an enticing option, especially during this glorious Christmas time.

Leaf

Preparing for events

Christmas is normally the time for events and other gatherings. In this regard, you will need to ensure that you look your best and make quite an impression during the festivities. A number of shops at Sliema allow you to browse through garments of the latest trends and make great purchases. Together with this, Sliema allows you to shop for the right hampers, wines and other gifts as you deem necessary for those who invited you.

Franks

Whilst wishing you the best of what this festive season has to offer, we would be more than happy to greet you at The Plaza, as you visit Sliema to enjoy Christmas.

Black Friday

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Black Friday

Tuesday 02 Nov 2020

Black Friday is an informal, yet renowned name to refer to the Friday which follows Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It usually takes place on the fourth Friday of November. This is the day that stores would typically open early and remain so till late, offering various sales and special offers.

The connotation of Black Friday is associated with the fact that most retail outlets would be “in the black” on that day due to making significant profits. Many would think that the term was coined to reflect shopping activity, however, the history behind it is somewhat darker. The term was first used on the 24th of September, 1869, when two investors drove up the price of gold and caused a crash.

But enough about that! Black Friday is today, the term associated with excessive shopping and rare offers. So why shouldn’t you take advantage of this opportunity?

Where can you enjoy the Black Friday experience? At The Plaza of course! Where else?

A number of outlets here at The Plaza will be having some very special offers just for you!

Need a new device?

Do you yearn for a new phone as the current one is old? Perhaps your laptop has grown too slow? Black Friday might be the best day to go visit Intercomp and treat yourself to a new and modern device. There is no better day for this than Black Friday!

Need some new winter clothes?

The Plaza hosts a number of outlets dedicated to the shopping of clothes. With winter at our doorstep, it would be a smart move to consider buying new clothes during Black Friday. You may be pleased with the offers which shall be made available by the different retail outlets. The best part is that you have an infinite selection, containing several options including formal, smart and casual clothing.

Accessories and jewellery

Do you want to uplift your style? At The Plaza, there are several outlets selling jewellery, handbags, shoes and other accessories aimed at giving you the desired look. So what are you waiting for? Your new accessories await during this upcoming Black Friday.

We are also pleased to let you know that The Plaza will be extending its opening hours for the much-anticipated Black Friday weekend, spread over four days. These opening hours for this special Black Friday weekend shall be:

Thursday 26th November, from 10am till 9pm

Friday 27th November, from 10am till 9pm

Saturday 28th November, from 10am till 8pm

Sunday 29th November, from 10am till 8pm

Movember

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Movember

Tuesday 02 Nov 2020

Movember is the initiative that takes place during the month of November aimed at promoting men’s health, raising awareness and funds to battle with serious issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

During this month, in a bid to raise further awareness, men are encouraged to avoid shaving their facial hair. You will in fact notice many who would start off the month of November cleanly shaven, and would then grow their beards or moustaches as the month progresses.

Throughout the weeks of November we cannot emphasise enough the importance of checking yourself and keeping tabs on your health. Checking yourself should not be considered as a stigma, it should be seen as a preventative measure, to capture any ailments early and keep them at bay. It is also the month to seek help, especially if things have not been going your way recently. It is only very normal to feel vulnerable during certain stages in life.

Whilst November is indeed a month of awareness, it should not be just associated with tension and the eager awaiting of test results. You should still pamper yourself and where better to do this than at The Plaza.

Get a nice haircut

Pay a visit to Antonio’s Barber Shop and enjoy a well-defined haircut to suit your style. Being one of the leading barber shops in Malta, specialising in old school barbering, you are guaranteed a great look. To make it even more convenient, you can set up your booking online via the website. Whilst you are there, do not forget to browse through the different beard products for the facial hair that you may be growing for Movember!

Suit up

Whilst you are at The Plaza, you should definitely not miss out on a tailored suit.  At The Plaza the Bortex outlet offers 325sqm of men’s suits, jackets, trousers, formal shirts and ties as well as a full range of smart casual items.

Well-deserved glorious shopping

At The Plaza, you will find numerous outlets to tend to your retail needs. Casual clothing shops such as U.S. Polo Assn., Junction, Kwaddro and Riot are well equipped to meet your fashion tastes.

Treat yourself to delightful international cuisine

The Plaza is one of a few places where you can experience different international cuisines under one roof. Whilst you are here you would be able to close off your shopping experience with a luxurious selection of different dishes. A complete experience for your enjoyment!

Come visit us at The Plaza.