Special Occasions That Could Use A Healthy Dose Of Maltese Tradition
For when your festivities just aren't local enough
Did you read the one about the bride and groom who went straight to Serkin after their wedding for a good old pastizz? This fantastic idea (because let's face it, it's always a good idea to get Serkin pastizzi, no matter the occasion) got us thinking. What other special moments would actually be improved with a little bit of Maltese flair added in? Here's what we're thinking...
1. Birthday parties with fireworks
Screw big halls with hundreds of people and a live band, try a record-breaking fireworks display. How's that for a Sweet Sixteen?
2. Baptisms with għana
How do you manage to drown out (no pun intended) a crying baby? Just get a fully-grown man shouting even louder. Voilà, you're very welcome.
3. Confirmation parties with Eurovision guest stars
When Jewish boys and girls turn 13 years old, they become accountable for their actions, which is where the bar mitzvah ceremony originated. Nowadays, the super rich pull out all the stops for their teenage sons and daughters, and (mostly hip hop) artists like Drake, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Iggy Azalea, Flo Rida, T.I., Fetty Wap, D12, Ja Rule, and Nicki Minaj have all shown up to at least one big fat bar mitzvah before.
Our closest bet back in Malta would be to take good old Griżma Tal-Isqof and inject it with a couple of Eurovision all-stars. Ira, if you're looking for some more gigs after your maternity leave, you've found your way!
4. House-warming parties with pre-drinks
You know your country has got a problem with alcohol when you include pre-drinks as a Maltese tradition and it fits right in. Plus, considering that the first thing most people do when they're invited to someone else's house is take a bottle of alcohol with them, this one's pretty much a match made in heaven.
5. New Year's lunch with an adult quċċija
Do you want your resolutions for this year to actually mean something? Well, line up all your priorities in a row, and see which you go for... especially after a drink or two. Problem solved.
BONUS: Christmas day lunch with timpana
Oh wait, most families already do that. And lasagna. And turkey. And finger foods. Oh man, we can't wait for Christmas Day lunch and the 8,453 kilos we're all going to gain!