We purposely started blogging here in February because there’s so much happening in Malta during this month – St. Paul’s Feast on the 10th, to Valentine’s on the 14th, and, Carnival in Malta is celebrated between the 23rd and 28th.
Whilst February in Malta might be relatively low on sunshine, this month brings with it so much to do and to experience. And, the Valletta G-House is situated just a couple of streets away from all the action. It’s literally just down the road from where the St. Paul’s Feast street celebrations happen. It is also a stone throw’s away from the many restaurants, bars and theatres that take romance on Valentine’s day to a whole new level. To top it all, The Valletta G-House it is right on the door step of the heart of the carnival action.
CARNIVAL IN MALTA
Carnival festivities in Malta are both traditional and extravagant. Hundreds of coloured floats are suspended on trucks and paraded in the main streets of Valletta for three whole days. Children and adults run around in fancy costumes with many choosing to give it their own particular interpretation leaning towards the weirdly macabre and funny.
From floats, grotesque masks, and costumes, dancers and participants, performers and musicians, Carnival in Valletta is not to be missed. However when you want to get away from it all, you can rest assured that the thick walls of the 450 year old Valletta G-House will provide the peace and quiet you need for a good night’s rest. Possibly the greatest thing about the house, apart from its romantic feel, is that it is absolutely sound proof.
This year’s Carnival in Malta is also bringing back to life some old traditions which had fizzled out in the past years, like decorated carts and karrozzini and band marches. Satire is also on the increase.
Carnival starts on Thursday 23 February in Pjazza Teatru Rjal with an opening ceremony and speeches. This is followed by an exhibition of the competing costumes spread over several days and on the 28th there will be a defilè of floats, grotesque masks and dance competitions.
For the first time this year, after Saturday’s activities which end round 8pm, there will be a street theatre performance entitled ‘B’Tal-Linja Jaqbillek’ in St George’s Square, Qarċilla, marching bands and an exhibition of decorated carts and karrozzini.
On Monday and Tuesday, dance schools will parade in Valletta’s streets. Carnival will end on Tuesday night with the grand defilé in St Anne’s Street in Floriana.
Carnival is also celebrated in these localities: Zabbar, Għaxaq, Qormi, St Julian’s, Dingli, Naxxar and Nadur, Gozo.
Click here for the full Carnival in Malta programme 2017