Comino Feast gets underway Thursday with 3 days of celebrations
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This coming Thursday, Festa ta’ Kemmuna – Traditional Comino Feast, gets underway on Comino, with three days of celebrations dedicated to Saint Mary.
Detailed restoration of the statue of Our Lady of Comino was carried out last year by Gozitan artist Manuel Farrugia from Victoria and funded by the Ministry for Gozo.
The 1948 statue of St Mary, is by artist Wistin Camilleri, and was donated by Captain Charles Vassallo.
The organisers said that following many requests they decided to add another day to the feast programmed, this is dedicated to the younger generation and to promote local talents. With this mind a live concert is planned for Thursday night, with the band Upper Lip.
The event is from 8.00 pm till midnight. “Boats to Comino and back are organised from Cirkewwa and Marfa in Malta, and Mgarr Gozo, in front of the Gozo Channel terminal entrance.”
The concert is taking place in the Santa Marija bay area – behind the church, which, the organisers said is in a valley 2 minutes walk from the boats. Take away foods and drinks will be available on site. Free entrance.
The programme for the 3 days will be as follows:
Thursday 17th August
7.00pm – Opening of the Religious Festive Activities in honour of Saint Mary: Holy Rosary + reflections.
8.00pm – Opening of Outside Festive Activities for the family.
9.00pm – Live Concert by the band Upper Lip.
Friday 18th August
7.00pm- Holy Mass for children.
7.30pm – Vigil prayer in honour of Our Lady.
8.30pm – Activities for Children.
8.30pm – Traditional Maltese Feast Dinner.
9.00pm onwards – Live Concert by the band Novel.
Saturday 19th August
7.00pm – Traditional feast High Mass concelebrated by Bishop Mario Grech, open-air in front of the church.
8.00pm – A procession with the statue of Saint Mary from the church to Saint Mary’s Quay accompanied by the Ghajnsielem Band where the blessing of the boats ceremony will be held followed by a Eucharist Benediction.
8.30pm – Festive Marches by St. Joseph Band of Ghajnsielem.
9.00pm – Live concert by popular singer Freddie Portelli.
Santa Marija beach is equipped with toilets and showers where visitors can have a free shower and prepare for the feast starting at 7pm each evening.
For those who are not so familiar to the island of Comino, kindly take care to wear comfortable footwear due to the sandy roads.
Transport from Cirkewwa, Marfa and Mgarr Gozo to Comino and back from 9.00am till midnight, by one of the several Comino boats that will be available throughout the day. Boat trips are with a charge and this fare should be paid direct to boat owners.
For more information on the feast or for bookings the Traditional Maltese Dinner, kindly call on 7947 7354 or 9985 7727, please also see their facebook page.