As Xagħra Gears Up For The Last Major Gozitan 'Festa' Of The Summer, One Photographer Takes The Most Maltese Shot Ever

Today's dose of #MaltaLove literally ticks all the boxes


Pastizzi, Kinnie, a sunny afternoon, and the village pjazza gearing up for an eventful festa week. These are all undoubtedly essential ingredients to a very Maltese sight, but one local photographer has just managed to take one shot that puts them all together... and then some.

Taking to the streets of Xagħra this week, photographer Jean-Paul Borg from Kappa Vision took a photo that's equal parts adorable and absolutely Maltese.

In the photo, two men can be seen enjoying some shade from the intense Gozitan sun, as they feast on some Sunday morning pastizzi and Kinnie. And at the backdrop of it all, the glorious Bambina Basilica getting ready for this weekend's 8th of September festa.

As if there was somehow room for more #MaltaLove to be squeezed into the photo's context, Borg explained that the photo was taken after traditional horse races were held ahead of the festa.

8th September is one of the biggest days in the Maltese festa calendar. Originally known as the Bambina to celebrate The Nativity of Our Lady, the day became even more popular after the great victory of the Knights of Saint John over Ottoman invaders in 1565. To commemorate that glorious day, 8th September became il-Vitorja (Our Lady of Victories), and was turned into a public holiday.

While everyone around Malta will be celebrating this red-calendar day, if you want to experience one of the lasts feasts of the summer, towns like Naxxar, Mellieħa and Senglea (Isla) are where you need to be on the mainland. If you're looking for a Gozitan festa, though, then it'll definitely have to be Xagħra.

As the Xagħra prepares for the last big Gozitan feast of the summer, Jean-Paul Borg was joined by more people sharing snippets from around the town ahead of the bustling weekend.

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David Grech Urpani

Sarcastically ironic, Dave is a recovering hipster musician with a penchant for chicken, women's clothes and Kanye.