Gharb Feast and Infiorata cultural event takes place this week in Gozo
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The feast of the Visitation of Our Lady to St. Elizabeth.is being celebrated this week in the Locality of Gharb.
The programme of festivities includes not only marches but concerts by the local Vizitazzjoni brass band.
Gharb Local Council, in collaboration with the Gharb Feast Committee, will once again be organising the Infiorata cultural event.
‘Infiorata’ is an initiative introduced by the Gharb Local Council and which has been held on a yearly basis since 2003.
The ‘Infiorata’ is laid on the church parvis and consists of a carpet made of fresh flowers petals and leaves cut in small pieces and arranged together to form various thematic designs.
This is an old Italian tradition, the oldest one originating in Gerano the twinned village of Gharb which is found in the outskirts of Rome Italy. This tradition in Gerano dates back to around the 17th Century.
The team in Gharb start on the design weeks before the feast and on Sunday, the Feast day, a group of local volunteers made up of young children and adults, gather together on the church parvis at around 2pm to start intricate work on the laying of flowers.
The procession of the Visitation, which takes place at about 7.00pm, will pass over the Infiorata – Carpet of flowers.
The Council would like to extend it’s best wishes for the feast and would also like to invite everyone to join in the celebrations on Sunday, the 2nd of July.
The festivities will be taking place at these times:
Wed, 28th Jun 2017 at 9:30pm to 11:59pm
Thu, 29th Jun 2017 at 9:00pm to 11:59pm
Fri, 30th Jun 2017 at 9:00pm to 1:00am
Sat, 1st Jul 2017 at 9:30pm to 1:00am
Sun, 2nd Jul 2017 at 11:30am to 1:30pm
Sun, 2nd Jul 2017 at 7:00pm