It's time to Start Preparing for Carnival 2018!

25 January 2018

With January almost behind us, it is time to start looking forward to February, and in Malta, that means just one thing -  the Malta Carnival 2018!

Start Preparing for Malta Carnival 2018

If you are planning holidays in Malta over the next month or so, do try to coincide your visit with the week starting on the 9th of February. For seven days, the islands of Malta and Gozo come alive with colour, music, celebrations, parades, and more. It is an experience that you will always remember!

The history behind it

Start Preparing for Malta Carnival 2018

The name “carnival” comes from the Italian phrase “carne vale” which literally translates as “meat is allowed”. It refers to the 40 days of Lent where the consumption of meat is not allowed, and the carnival is the days before it, where celebrations take place. In Catholic countries, such as Malta, Carnival is the last opportunity to eat, drink and be merry, before the Lent commences.
But its roots do go back even further than that to the time of the Egyptians who celebrated this time of year as the waning of winter, and the beginning of a near year, spring, and fertility. A similar event was also prevalent in the ancient Roman times with a festival known as Saturnalia - a festival with fancy dress, and lots of food and drink. 

European Capital of Culture

Start Preparing for Malta Carnival 2018

The premise for the event has stayed the same over the years, and Carnival is a time of immense joy and celebration for everyone. Since the time of the Grand Masters of the Order of St. John, the celebration of Carnival was encouraged greatly, and today, it is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year. 2018’s Carnival is set to be a rather special occasion as Valletta is also hosting the 2018 European Capital of Culture, which will see a huge number of events and cultural festivities going on in and around the capital.

Many Maltese chose to go to Gozo for the week and they enjoy several days of parties, parades, and events which culminate in an all-night, fancy dress, street party in the Gozitan town of Nadur. For those that opt to stay in Malta, thousands descend on Valletta to watch the brightly coloured carnival floats, listen to marching bands, and of course, dress up in fancy dress costumes and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere.

Experience it for yourself!

Carnival is a truly magical time to be in Malta, and if you have the opportunity to come between the 9th of February and the 13th of February, then it is a cultural extravaganza like no other, and well worth the visit. Furthermore, February is a time when the weather starts to warm up so you can enjoy what the rest of the island has to offer, in temperatures that are warmer that most of Europe.

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