Il-Festa Ghawdxija – Showcasing traditional Gozitan village feasts
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Il-Festa Ghawdxija – A feast with a difference, is being held in the main square of Qala, on Sunday, the 1st of July.
This special event, which is being held for the first time, is being organised by Ghaqda Briju San Guzepp – Qala, in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo and is taking place just when the festive season is in full swing in Gozo.
Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, said that this activity brings together various groups from different villages across the island, to collectively celebrate Gozitan feasts from the different cultural aspects that unite us together.
Dr Caruana added that this feast event, will be recognition and give thanks, to the hundreds of volunteers who work tirelessly on every village feast.
She stressed that voluntary work is the backbone of every feast organised in our country, and that we should all be grateful to these people who sacrifice a lot of time to continue to raise the level of the feasts for their respective parishes.
The Minister for Gozo also praised the initiative and pledged the support of the Ministry for this activity, which she said will continue to grow year after year.
Mayor of Qala Paul Buttigieg, explained that the Council had believed in the idea which had been put forward by the organisers and offered any assistance for this new event for Gozo, and the picturesque village of Qala.
Christian Mifsud, one of the organisers of this activity, invited anyone who cares about traditional festivals and culture in this country to attend this manifestation of art, culture and tradition of a typical Gozitan feast.
In this event all elements of a usual feast will be showcased by the different groups; band marches, fireworks, street decorations, traditional food and much more.
The event has also been organised so as not to interfere with any other village feast, as Sunday, the 1st of July is a weekend free of feasts in Gozo.
This Gozo Feast with a difference will take place between 9: 00am and 1: 00pm. For the full programme please see here.
Photograph: MGOZ/George Scerri