Good Friday is a big day here in Malta, with villages across the island celebrating this feast in a lot of different ways.
There will mainly be processions, street pageants and exhibitions… not to mention a lot of incredibly good food like sfineġ and ħobż tal-appostli to feast on, and pretty much every single town and village around Malta has something great to check out.
If you’re stuck on where to go, however, here are eight places to get you started.
The procession at Isla will start at 5:30pm from the Basilica.
The Senglea procession is famous for the Redeemer statue.
The Żebbuġ procession is one of the oldest and most famous on the island.
The procession takes place around the whole village and is accompanied by the scouts groups and village band. The procession starts at 4:30pm
The procession in Malta’s capital will start at 6.00pm from the Ta’ Ġieżu Church.
The church alone is a work of art. The procession statues of Valletta are fairly old, with most of the statues dating back to the 18th Century.
This procession is unique as it is stops on street corners instead of open spaces, partially thanks to the architectural structure of Valletta.
The Mosta Procession, will be starting at 5.30pm.
While you’re there, check out this exhibition by a 14-year-old Maltese boy. It’s a unique take on the procession as it will be showcasing models based on the design of the Mosta Rotunda.
The small and quiet village of Mqabba is not generally well-known for its Good Friday processions, however it will be worth a visit as there will be exhibitions of over 160 miniatures at Palazz Santa Marija.
The Saint Mary’s band club will also be offering traditional Good Friday food and most of the village chapels will be open to the public.
Żejtun boasts a 12 statue procession, dating back from the 1700s, both from local and foreign artists.
There will also be the ċuqlajta playing which is a wooden clapper used instead of bells during Good Friday.
The Żejtun Procession starts at 5pm.
Bormla’s procession is one of the oldest in Malta and is accompanied by the Cospicua Scouts Group and the St. George Band playing the solemn marċi funebri.
The procession will start at 5:30pm and there will also be a spot reserved for tourists where a guide will be explaining the personalities of the procession in a variety of languages. There will also be exhibitions at the Domus Piju IX.
The Vittoriosa procession starts at 5:30pm from the Collegiate Church of Saint Lawrence.
For the first time ever, at 5pm there will be a parade starting from Couvre Porte, passing from the town square and ending near the Collegiate Church of Saint Lawrence. This will mark the start of the traditional eight statue procession, the statues are unique here in Malta as they are traditionally dressed in actual clothes.
The procession will go around Birgu passing also from Triq il-Kardinal, which this year will be candle-lit for the occasion. The Banda ta’ San Lawrenz tal-Birgu will be accompanying the procession all throughout.