The most happening week of the entire Maltese calendar is the carnival week. The five days of the carnival are filled with excitement and a lot of happenings providing people a chance to dress up in vibrant yet grotesque costumes and colorful ugly masks. The carnival in Gozo is one of the main highlights of this carnival week. The fact that it isn’t organized by any committee is one of the greatest things about this carnival. No committee means no rules apply here and one is absolutely free to do what the heart pleases. This is the most essential and popular character of the Gozo carnival.
When the sun sets in Nadur, Gozo during the carnival week, a multitude of hooded and masked creatures wearing all kinds of colorful, funny and even ugly costumes appear on the It-Tokk square. The main highlight is the ugly masks and grotesque costumes that overrun the streets. You’ll find people dressed up in costumes made from all kinds of sacks, wigs, sheets, and every other grotesque material one can find in the attic.
One of the unique things about the Nadur carnival is the attitude of people who attend it. Most of the people guised as various characters are often silent while they roam the street. Often the silence is so much that a lot of people refer to the carnival as the Silent Carnival as well. Papier-mâché satirical floats that parade throughout the streets of the square. The attendees revel the carnival day with outrageous costumes as usual and by night time all disguised attendees head to the various clubs and bars in town. The Nadur carnival has a macabre mood yet it is attended by a lot of people from the world over.
From the mid of February to the start of March, the carnival mood is on its peak in Gozo. Colorful parades, trucks filled with giant dolls, children and adults dressed as various characters attend this amazing carnival.
Although the carnival has a very serious nature, people attending it enjoy feelings of genuine happiness and freedom of expression. The Nadur carnival is one of its kinds and if you’re planning to attend it you need to make your reservations well in advance because you’ll more than likely find “no vacancy” signs posted all over.
The carnival days are very busy and of course tourism is at its peak during the season. It is one of the main reasons that you should certainly book your accommodations before you visit the island. You can click here to book your accommodation for the season before the hotels are all reserved and you find yourself stranded.
If you want to enjoy one of its kind festivals in the world, Gozo Island is the place to go during mid of February. Make your reservations now and enjoy the time of your life in Malta. Put the Gozo festival on the top of your must do list in your life. It is one you should definitely take the plunge for.