Festas in Malta
With nearly 60 festas in Malta on the annual calendar (mostly during the summer months and nearly 20 festa events on the smaller sister island of Gozo, the Maltese festa, a religious celebration organized by the local parish, is a typical scene of the hot summer months on the island, and very much an iconic part of culture in Malta.
One of the highlights you may experience on your visit to Malta is the festas which are held throughout the villages and towns around Malta during the year. Each year towns and villages in both Malta and Gozo celebrate the patron saint of their village in true Maltese festive tradition.
During this time villages and towns are transformed with flags, banners, statues and other festive attributes usually including a fireworks display of some kind. The work, dedication and planning that goes into these festivals is astounding and the end result is something not to be missed. These festas have grown over the years into an almost competitive event with each village or town trying to produce the biggest and best festa each year.
All roads in Gozo lead to Rabat, also known as Victoria. The village’s Citadel is visible from almost all the Island, rising steeply above the surrounding countryside.
Victoria is not just the geographic heart of Gozo, it is also the centre of everyday activity. It manages to combine the bustle of its market and shops with a relaxed and sociable atmosphere. It is a great place to watch the Islanders go about their day, especially when the main market square, It-Tokk, comes to life.
The Citadel in Gozo owes its roots to the late medieval era, but the hill has been settled since Neolithic times. For centuries, the Citadel served as a sanctuary from attack by Barbary corsairs and Saracens. At several times during Gozo’s history, these raiders took its population into slavery.
After the Great Siege of 1565, the Knights set about re-fortifying the Citadel to provide refuge and defence against further attack. Until 1637, the Gozitan population was required by law to spend their nights within the Citadel for their own safety. In later, more peaceful times, this restriction was lifted and people settled below its walls, creating the prosperous town of Rabat, now known as Victoria.
Browse around Victoria's market and narrow winding streets and you'll find everything from delicious fresh produce, cheeses and wines, to antiques, craft goods, fishing nets and knitwear. The town also has a thriving cultural life all its own, with some surprising attractions ranging from opera to horse races in the main street on festa day. (Source: visitmalta)
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lousat (77848) 2010-09-19 1:31
Hi George,you was lucky to be there in this day,very very nice vertical perspective and a lot of people,colors and elements to create a great moment of fest.Impressive contrast and sharpness as usual.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.
serp2000 (40394) 2010-09-19 1:37
Outsatanding colours! Well done! Excellent composition and an interesting note! Superb scene!
Have a good sunday!
vasilpro (40933) 2010-09-19 2:23
Wonderful daily life composition, interesting scene full of life, excellent light management, very nice POV, lovely colors,TFS!
Have a nice Sunday, Vasilis.
npecanhuk (66362) 2010-09-19 2:38
Very nice and interesting street decoration!
Lots of people there...
Very attractive picture!
TFS - congrats!
bobocortis (15946) 2010-09-19 2:45
This image seems to be taken in the east.
Beautiful colors for a religious scene.
jurek1951 (42160) 2010-09-19 3:08
Very nice perpective and details,
Well presented in vertical composition,
Excellent work and POV.
snunney (84971) 2010-09-19 4:50
A splendid capture of this festival, The vertical format is well chosen and I like the repeating motifs offered by the colourful banners and the lively atmosphere. Good colours and sharpness.
JCG (35129) 2010-09-19 5:06
Festive moment which seems very appreciated according to crowd that I see on the photograph. A beautiful presentation of these religious flags which give interesting and coloured perspective. The estival light is very pleasant and emphasizes your composition well. Well seen George and thank you for the interesting note.
With all my friendships and excellent Sunday,
Sergiom (61210) 2010-09-19 5:38
Très coloré comme image. Il y a beaucoup de vie dans cette scène de la vie quotidienne de Malte. Les gens semblent bien s'amuser. Le cadrage vertical est bien choisi.
Silvio1953 (123643) 2010-09-19 6:36
Ciao George, great vertical composotion with a lot of people in a religious cerimony, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
jjcordier (76860) 2010-09-19 11:14
Une image intéressante de cette fête avec un cadrage original sur ces bannières et toute cette "agitation" en dessous.
carlosmarin (11954) 2010-09-19 12:21
curious religiosity in Festa in Victoria.
Very interesting picture of daily life, with many people, lots of color and the great religious banners.
ymrk (14955) 2010-09-19 13:25
very colorful and attractive details with together..great vision!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-09-19 14:17
Good evening george,
Malta is an island in festival. The image spectacular and is marvelously coloured. I like contrast amusing between the pious representations and light clothing of the women. Excellent photograph.
bukitgolfb301 (36228) 2010-09-19 19:45
Hello my dear George
Great shot by so natural approach.
I understand through your works how attractive Malta is. Nice composition, rich color and well calcurated framework as well. Blessing on your great job and thanks for sharing, Have a nice start of new week and Best regards,
PS. Some friends ask me how many festivals we have in Japan. The answer is not offically comfirmed but around 20,000 is commonly said . I will take up them as much as possible for my life.
JFS (32459) 2010-09-19 23:10
Shot full of life and color. You have captured the atmosphere wonderfully.
Have a good week
danyy (0) 2010-09-20 0:04
photo très colorée et festive, bien cadrée verticalement.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-09-20 1:12
Hello George! Daily life, street life. And ceremony. Fine scene. Fine weather, nice brightness and colours. Well done! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
PS. What about Ferencvaros?
Cretense (68691) 2010-09-20 1:41
Very impressive daily life scene, with a fantastic colour "explosion"! Excellent framing and composition, excellent perspective, perfect light management!
amaryllis (35079) 2010-09-20 1:49
une excellente prise de vue de cette fête de la Vierge, avec des couleurs luxuriantes, un bon cadrage vertical, une ambiance festive dans la rue, et une belle luminosité
dkmurphys (50032) 2010-09-20 1:56
A very impressive ceremony, nice urban scene. People, colors, dynamics, very good composition.
Have a nice day.
delpeoples (53167) 2010-09-21 4:54
Szia György, láttam vallási ünnepség, mint ez Olaszországban. A bonyolultságát és gazdagsága a bannerek itt tényleg szép. A tömeg ad jó érzés, a dinamizmus és az élet. Ez egy kiváló bepillantást mindennapi életben Máltán. TFS, és kívánok jó napot, Lisa
COSTANTINO (56271) 2010-10-01 23:28
people,people and people
nice shot in which everybody can find many interesting
details,your work is nice and your notes are
vaery useful too,very nice vertical perspective
compliments and have a nice week end
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-18
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals, Food, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-19 1:29