Easter activities launched in Gozo with – Art, Faith and Tradition
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Gozo will be the place to be for Easter, with a full programme of activities planned for the fifth edition of Gozo – Art, Faith and Tradition, launched today by the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana.
The Easter programme starts tomorrow and will come to a close on Easter Sunday, the 1st of April.
Dr Caruana said that the Easter in Gozo programme has become an established part of the vast cultural calendar which Gozo offers, making the island an attractive destination to visit throughout the year, not least at Easter, when the island offers such a unique experience.
There will be Easter events and activities taking place throughout Gozo, both inside and outside the churches, including concerts of sacred music, processions, pageants and exhibitions of statues, visual arts exhibitions, and many activities for children.
The Minister said that with the collaboration and experience of everyone, both in the cultural and religious sector and even from the business aspect, a programme was created to suit everyone’s taste.A promotional booklet with the full programme details will be distributed to households to help the Gozitan and Maltese public plan their visits.
The Minister for Gozo had words of praise for everyone that participates voluntarily in these activities during the Easter holidays, so that the aspect of faith and tradition remains strong among the members of the Gozitan community and all those visiting Gozo.
Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar since it commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, a festival celebrating the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and includes various events of religious and traditional activities, such as processions, pageants, exhibitions and folklore.
Easter Saturday or Easter Vigil, will see the parishes of Gozo, as in Malta, will gather the faithful in their churches for a solemn religious service and the traditional rituals of the blessing of water and fire.
The church lights are turned off, and each of the congregation will light a candle from the Pascal Candle, resulting in the whole church being bathed in the glow of flickering candles
Bells ring out across the island and the scriptures are read and sermons delivered before the celebrant blesses the holy water that is used for baptisms and the whole congregation confirms their faith by reciting the baptismal vows.
Following the service the congregation may linger for a while in the church for a drink, or to take a piece of the traditional Figolla (Maltese almond Easter cake).
Bells ring out across the islands to welcome Easter Sunday. A traditional march with the statue of the risen Christ will take place in some parishes following the service.
These traditional marches are usually accompanied by local bands and their popularity has remained undimmed through several centuries.
The full programme of events for Lent and Easter will be available on the Easter in Gozo Facebook Page.