Christmas in Malta 2014 — Traditions and events

The fes­tive sea­son has start­ed again, and peo­ple are get­ting ready to cel­e­brate Christ­mas. Mal­ta is a very catholic coun­try and val­ues tra­di­tions and reli­gious fes­tiv­i­ties above every­thing else. Christ­mas is no excep­tion. Although you will not find snow here, and usu­al­ly not even peo­ple wear­ing win­ter gar­ments, the Christ­mas spir­it is present every­where. The Mal­tese dec­o­rate the coun­try with elab­o­rate crib dis­plays, Christ­mas lights, and in some places even with dec­o­ra­tive Christ­mas trees. Well, Christ­mas trees… they are a lit­tle hard to come by on the island, as they need to be import­ed, and this makes them much more expen­sive than in north­ern Europe. As a con­se­quence, the Mal­tese usu­al­ly use fake Christ­mas trees in their homes.

Most local­i­ties dec­o­rate their cen­tres with beau­ti­ful Christ­mas light dis­plays, notable exam­ples are in Val­let­ta and Sliema. There are also many recur­ring Christ­mas events in Mal­ta. There is for exam­ple a Christ­mas vil­lage in Qawra on Decem­ber 6th, a nativ­i­ty vil­lage in Għa­jn­sielem in Gozo from the 6th of Decem­ber to 5th of Jan­u­ary, an arti­san Christ­mas mar­ket in the Hotel Phoeni­cia from the 13th ‑14th Decem­ber, a Christ­mas Art Exhi­bi­tion in the Auberge d’I­tal­ie from the 15th Decem­ber, a Christ­mas Con­cert in Naxxar on the 15th, a Car­ol Con­cert in Marsaskala on the 19th and in Żej­tun on the 21st, and a spe­cial mys­tery event on the 24th in Ir-Razzett l‑Antik. On Christ­mas day, there are of course Christ­mas mass­es in every parish church. Here is an in depth cal­en­dar of events for Christ­mas in Mal­ta.

As you can see, there are many events in Decem­ber cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas and get­ting you into the spir­it. Com­pared to Christ­mas in north­ern Europe, the atmos­phere in Mal­ta is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, espe­cial­ly when you are a for­eign­er from the north, and not used to cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas in 15 or even 20 C°. I per­son­al­ly find Christ­mas in Mal­ta more relaxed than in the UK or Ger­many, most­ly because I am not con­cerned about ven­tur­ing out into the cold when I buy presents. Every­one at the office of Dr Wern­er & Part­ner wish­es you a pleas­ant pre-Christ­mas sea­son and hap­py hol­i­days!

About Philipp Sauerborn

In 2005, Philipp Sauer­born joined the firm of St. Matthew in Lon­don, one of the lead­ing Ger­man account­ing firms in Eng­land renowned for its exper­tise in cor­po­rate, com­mer­cial and tax law, as a depart­ment head. After three years, he was a part­ner and man­ag­ing direc­tor.
Towards the end of 2011, he decid­ed to move to Mal­ta, where he first worked at inter­na­tion­al law firms and con­sul­tan­cies in an employed and con­sult­ing capac­i­ty. Since the begin­ning of 2013, he has been a senior employ­ee at Dr. Wern­er & Part­ner. Mr. Sauer­born is cur­rent­ly com­plet­ing his ADIT ‑Advanced Diplo­ma in Inter­na­tion­al Tax.

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