Celebrating village feasts are a main tradition in Gozo. Every village has a special feast and this is a great way to join with the locals and can get phenomenal experience. A Gozo trip can never be completed without a visit to a village or town fiesta. Every town or village grips its annual feasts dedicated to its Patron Saint. A typical fiesta can continue for three days or more. For the occasion all villages and churches are decorated with lights and decoration. People celebrate every weekend and will continue until mid-September. Some of the splendid Feasts information for you are given below.
Ir-Rabat (Feast of St. George): It is centred on St. George’s Basilica just off the main square and the fiesta contains horse racing along Ir-Rabat main street (Victoria) and a concert by the local La Stella brass band.
II-Munxar (Feast of St. Paul): This takes place on the last weekend of May. This fiesta begins the season with weeklong celebrations of the shipwreck of St. Paul in Malta in 60AD.
In- Nadur (Feast of Saints Peter & Paul: It is held on the 29th of June which is also a national holiday. You can enjoy here an agricultural and crafts show, horse race on the local Mnarja brass band.
Kercem (Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour): The Feast is held in July. It includes concerts as well as Marches by the local San Girgor (St. Gregory) brass band.
San Lawrenz (Feast of St. Lawrence): The first feast of San Lawrenz was held on the 10th of August 1895. It has been celebrated every year since then, and was even celebrated during the second world war. San Lawrenz is the only village in Gozo to be named after its patron saint.
Ix-Xlendi (Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel): It takes place on the first Sunday in September. The festivities include the gostra, which is a popular competition, participate attempt to walk on a long diagonal pole to reach the flag. At the end and win the competition many marches and concerts also occur at the Feast.
Gozitan Festas are not only religious in nature. Tourist can enjoy plenty of irreligious fun also. Fireworks light up the sky and bands march over the streets of the village – it’s just awesome! You can enjoy traditional food as well as fast food from a variety of street stalls. You are always welcome with your family to join a fiesta and get a superb opportunity to know about the local life!
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