The Feast of St Peter and St Paul being celebrated in Nadur
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The popular Mnarja Feast in Nadur, the feast of St Peter and St Paul, is being celebrated today, and will be attracting large crowds of locals and tourists to the village.
This feast marks an important event in the calendar of Maltese popular customs and traditions. It is a country harvest and folk festival as well as a religious holiday. It dates back even further than the arrival of the Knights of St John in 1530.
The festival is named L-Imnarja, a corruption of the Italian ‘Luminara’ and means festival of light. It is named after the bonfires that used to light up the festivities in the towns of Mdina and Rabat.
The main activities for the feast started on the 26th of June, including band marches, church celebrations and firework displays.
The horse races were held yesterday afternoon along Ta’ Xhajma Road and were dedicated to the memory of Cikku Portelli..
The traditional band march around the streets of Nadur will get underway at 11.30am this morning.
Then at 6.00pm this evening, there will be Solemn Vespers followed by the grand closing of the Nadur festa with the artistic statue of St. Peter and St. Paul paraded along the streets of Nadur, accompanied by the Mnarja band and fireworks.
Photographs of yesterday’s horse races and spectators by Alain Salvary