Easter Sunday in Malta commemorates the Resurrection of Christ reminding us that he rose from death. It is the most important feast in the Roman Catholic church calendar.
The ringing of the Church bells both in Malta and Gozo and the processions with the statue of l-Irxoxt, the Risen Christ brings back many customs that the Maltese have had for centuries. This tradition is repeated every year in a number of villages in Malta and Gozo.
For instance at Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua, where a group of men run the last stretch of roads with the statue and people throw confetti from the windows to celebrate.
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The following procession schedule is based on 2019. They will be updated when the schedule come out beginning March 2020
Sunday 12th April - Malta Processions
Villages | Times
Birgu Vittoriosa - 10:00
Birkirkara - 18:00
Birzebbugia - 19:00
Bormla - 09:15
Gharghur - 09:00
Gzira - 09:45
Isla - Senglea - 09:00
Kalkara - 18:45
Luqa - 09:30
Mosta - 18:30
Naxxar - 08:30
Paola - 09:00
Qormi - San Gorg- 09:00
Qormi - San Bastian - 09:15
Rabat - 09:45
Sliema - St. Gregory - 17:30
San Gwann - NA
Siggiewi - NA
St. Julians - 10:30
Valletta - Tal-Gizwieti - 18:15
Zebbug - 09:00
Zejtun - 10:00
*Procession starts from the St. Helena band club
Sunday 12th April - Gozo Processions
Villages | Times
Fontana - 10:30
Gharb - 18:00
Rabat - Katidral - 10:45
Kercem - 09:15
Nadur - 10:00
Qala - 11:00
Rabat - San Gorg - 08:45
Xaghra - 18:00
Xewkija - 09:30
Zebbug - 17:00
There are villages where the parish priest blesses the children’s figolli on Sunday morning. You will surely see many children gathering for this blessing in front of the church.
On this day many people enjoy eating the traditional figolli including a variety of Easter eggs. With regards to the figolli, today they can be bought from many confectioneries but there are still many families who prefer to buy their own ingredients and cook them for their families.
Figolli are usually baked before Easter, different sizes and shapes are done with almond paste in between, covered in chocolate or coloured icing and decorated with little Easter eggs.
Large crowds gather to see the l-Irxoxt procession as it’s one of the traditional feast people look forward to see. Children with figolli in their hands. Different shapes and sizes get to eat the delicious Easter eggs and figolli.
During the processions the band clubs, will now also accompany this procession playing joyful and happy mood marches compared to the Good Friday sombre marches.
After the morning procession people either go out for lunch or spend time with their families and have a lovely Easter meal. The traditional lamb, vegetables and potatoes are generally cooked.
Malta offers various sites and beautiful villages to see and knowing that during Easter there is so much to see and do even if you are not religious.
You will have numerous ceremonies at church, impressive processions and decorations to fill up your time. The Maltese people through their faith and devotion and all the traditions that they have inherited from their ancestors can offer you an incredible holiday.
You can savour our traditional food, sweets and lovely warm weather for the time of the year. The evening tends still to be a bit chilly but knowing that there is so much to absurd and enjoy why not see what Malta has to offer around Easter.
Easter Sunday in Malta and all the Holy Week activities are a great time to have a taste of the Maltese culture.