Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady celebrations in Xaghra
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Today, the village of Xaghra is celebrating the feast day of its Patron Saint, Maria Bambina, the Church being dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin Mary.
The festivities honour Our Lady, the Mother of God, on her birthday – the 8th of September – A national holiday, known as Jum il-Vittorja (Victory Day).
This morning, the festivities were in Xaghra Square and adjacent streets, with everyone enjoying the popular festive band march by the Beland Band Zejtun Malta and and Precursor Band of Xewkija.The rest of the programme for this evening is as follows:
18:00 Band marches by Victory Band (Xaghra) and Leone Band (Victoria) from Victory Band Club to Victory Square.
19:00 Victory Band salutes the Statue of the Bambina while playing the hymn Hdejn in-Nieqa ta’ Marija under the direction of Mro. Joseph Galea L.C.M. and then accompanies the procession playing religious marches.
20:00 Musical programme by Leone Band (Victoria) at Victory Square. 21:30 The statue of the Bambina is given a big welcome on returning to Victory Square towards the end of the procession.
22:00 Solemn entry of the Bambina into the Basilica.
Photographs by Alain Salvary