In the Maltese Islands, Good Friday processions involving a majority of the whole community are organised each year. This Gozo photogallery illustrates one of such amazing Good Friday processions on the island of Gozo yesterday – on Friday late afternoon 14 April 2017 at 6.00pm.
In brief, it is a perfect reenactment of the Bible history from the Old Testament to the New Testament reaching its climax in the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. During the procession too, about eight large statues illustrating important moments from the fourteen stations of the Cross, are carried shoulder high in the main streets of the towns and villages.
In the Christian faith, Good Friday is the final day of pain and agony before Vigil Saturday and Easter Sunday liturgy changes completely to a highly festive event with cheerful music, bell ringing and whole communities sharing local Easter delights such as the sweet figolli.
On Good Friday, several men (seen dressed completely in white) carry either heavy wooden crosses or chains. They do it for two reasons – one as a thanksgiving to the Lord and secondly as an obligation for what they promised to do in favour of the health of one of their family members. It is truly an external act of faith, carrying such a weight barefoot for more than two hours.
This Sunday, 2 April, all roads in Malta and Gozo lead to the little village of Mgarr for the eleventh consecutive Festa Frawli – Strawberries Festival. Similar to last year, the peak visiting time will be between 10.ooam and 5.00pm. However, large crowds flock the main square and streets of this village much earlier than 10 in the morning.
In a nutshell, one can say that this Spring festival offers something for everyone. It does focus on the younger ones – the children with various eco-activities and organised games. If you are visiting the Festa Frawli on Sunday, you will find an incredible choice of all sorts of food with one common ingredient – the bright red local strawberries.
How to reach the Festa Frawli by public transport:
The green and white buses no. 44, 238 and 101 leave Valletta to the Strawberries festival in Mgarr throughout the entire day.
A word of thanks and gratitude goes to the Mgarr Local Council, all the personnel involved in the Festa Frawli organisation and the farmers – for their incessant dedication and commitment throughout the whole process of strawberry growing.
Courtesy: Festa Frawli 2017 organisation for all the images.
Gozo is the perfect island for some amazing coastal and country walks. Today we are uploading some pictures we’ve taken this afternoon during one of the walks from HolidaysOnGozo.com accommodation at Mediterranea Seaviews Gozo Holiday Home in the village-by-the-sea of Ghajnsielem, Gozo.
Just few days before the official beginning of Spring, Gozo is a verdant carpet full of flowers wherever you look. Tranquil and off the beaten track walks are the perfect outdoor activity for any age group visiting the island of Gozo. Perfect Gozo weather at around 19 degrees Celsius makes the island the best option for incredibly relaxing Gozo walking holidays.