There is no better way to mingle with the locals than at the Maltese village festa (or feast). The Maltese love their patron saints and the village festas, being primarily a religious celebration, are held in their honour every year.
Each village celebrates a different patron saint or two depending on the number of churches in the locality. Each church is dedicated to a different saint. For this reason, some villages celebrate more than one festa per year.
Organised by the village band clubs and the parish members , the village festa is an event that all stakeholders work throughout the year to put together.
The competition between the band clubs can be quite fierce when it comes to the organisation of decorations and the fireworks shows, even if there is only one festa in the village.
It gets even tougher when the locality celebrates two different patron saints, each honoured by an individual band club.
The festas are held over the summer months. This is a time of great merriment for the local community coupled with a lot of traditions and customs and things can get really noisy and loud 😊
View festa calendar : https://www.visitmalta.com/en/village-festas