Festa ta’ Kemmuna: 3 days of celebrations for St Mary start next Thursday
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Next week, the island of Comino will be celebrating – Festa ta’ Kemmuna – The Traditional Comino Feast that is dedicated to Saint Mary.
Being held for the fourth consecutive year, the feast celebrations will be held over three days starting on Thursday, the 16th of August.
Detailed restoration of the statue of Our Lady of Comino was recently carried out by Gozitan artist Manuel Farrugia from Victoria, funded by the Ministry for Gozo.
The 1948 statue of St Mary, is by artist Wistin Camilleri, and was donated by Captain Charles Vassallo.
Santa Marija beach is equipped with toilets and showers where visitors can have a free shower and prepare for the feast.
For those who are not so familiar to the island of Comino, kindly take care to wear comfortable footwear due to the sandy roads. Thursday 16th August
7.45pm – Opening of the Religious Festive Activities in honour of Saint Mary: Holy Rosary + reflections in the Comino Chapel.
9.00pm – Opening of Outside Festive Activities for the family, and music sessions by DJ Ryan Spiteri.
This event is with a Free entrance. Food and drink stalls will be available through the event. Boats transport will be available from Malta and Gozo at a fee. Transport from Malta will be provided from Cirkewwa and Marfa with boat company Coop.
From Gozo transport will be provided by Ebson and Bella boats from Mgarr port in front of the mgarr ferry Terminal. For more info call on 79477354 and 99857727.
Friday 17th August
7.45pm- Holy Mass
8.30pm – Traditional Maltese Feast Dinner.
9.00pm onwards – Live Concert by the band The Tramps
Saturday 18th August – Comino Feast Day
6.45pm: – Traditional feast High Mass concelebrated by Bishop Mario Grech, open-air in front of the church, with participation of the Cathedral Youth Choir and the altar boys of Qala Parish
This will be followed by a procession with the statue of Saint Mary from the church to Saint Mary’s Quay accompanied by the Visitation Band of Gharb and the participation of the `Fratelli’ of Nadur Parish, where the blessing of the boats ceremony will be held followed by a Eucharist Benediction.
Boat owners are invited to come with their boats in Santa Marija Bay in Comino, to have their boat blessed during the statue procession to Santa Marija Quay, by H.E. Gozo Bishop Mario Grech.
9.00prn – Live concert by the Band MAE.
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.