Zebbug Day 2013 – Carmelo Cini awarded ‘Gieh iz-Zebbug’
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Zebbug Day 2013 was celebrated last weekend with various events organised with the full collaboration between the Zebbug Local Council and Zebbug Parish, marking the 325th anniversary of the Zebbug Parish foundation.
Part of the celebrations included the presentation of the annual award of ‘Gieh iz-Zebbug,’ which this year was given to Carmelo Cini by Mayor Nicky Saliba, as a sign of appreciation for his useful voluntary work for many years at the Parish Church of Zebbug.
On Saturday, a morning of entertainment was organised for all the village children at the Zebbug Primary Playground.
In the evening, a Solemn Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at the Parish Church by Kan. Rev. Ruben Micallef and all members of the Parish Clergy.
Following the mass a new commemorative painting depicting Bishop Fra Davide Cocco Palmieri, the Bishop who founded the Parish of Zebbug on the 28th of April 1688, was unveiled.
Flowers were laid by the monument in remembrance of the first Parish Priest Rev. Frangisk Vella (1662-1743). The Mayor of Zebbug, Nicky Saliba, also presented a donation to Puttinu Cares, raised by the Local Council during a fund raising event for this good cause. The “Kor Santa Marija” animated the celebration.
Afterwards a Commemorative Musical Soiree organised by the Zebbug Local Council and presided by the Minister for Gozo, Dr. Anton Refalo, was held at the Main Hall of the Parish Center, with the participation of Banda Santa Marija of Zebbug.
This event was attended by the Mayor and all members of the Local Council, members of the Clergy, and the general public. Speeches were delivered by the Mayor, Nicky Saliba, Vice-Mayor Mario Cassar, Council Member Joseph Camilleri and Council Member Maria Saliba. Other speeches for the occasion were delivered by Kan. Rev. Ruben Micallef and the Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo.
On Sunday the Zebbug Local Council organised the traditional blessing of pets at the village square and all those who attended were given a commemorative token.