There is alot going on in Malta, so we’ve prepared a list of things to do for you to make the most out of the last days of February.
Carnival in Malta & Gozo
Us Maltese take carnival extremely seriously! Head down to Valletta between the 24th of February to 28th of February to partake in the fun and celebrations amidst masked dancers, joyful kids, giant colorful floats, skilled performers, marching bands and so much more!
An alternative is Nadur in Malta’s sister island; Gozo. The small town has built a solid reputation into having a great time and for following a more macabre and funny mood, with several locals dressing up for the occasion.
In Guardia Parade
The Knights of St. John played an extremely important role in Malta’s history. If you didn’t know this then it would be a good idea to watch the Malta 5D show
This parade re-enacts an actual event which took place regularly during that period, which was that of inspecting the fort and its garrison by the Grand Bailiff of the Order of the Knights of St John. With over 50 re-enactors kitted up in the same uniforms and armour they once wore in those times, set amongst the imposing fortifications of Fort St. Elmo, this surely isn’t an event you’d want to miss.
Next event: 19/02/201711:00 – 11:40
Changing of the guards
The end of the month is nearing, and that means so is the changing of the guards ceremony, held every last Friday of the month. Held in the picturesque St. George’s Square in Valletta.
The parade does begin in Republic Street though, in which the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) band marches down onto St. George’s Square (it’s a short walk), upon arrival the old guard marches out of The Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta and are replaced by the new guard. Once the turnover is done, the AFM conducts a marching display in the square.
Are you ready to run 42km? Don’t worry the application date already closed! Held every year the Malta Marathon sees thousands flock to Mdina to run either the full marathon (42km) or the half marathon (21km) and make their way to the finish line in Sliema. This year it will be held on the 5th of March. There may be increased traffic and closed roads in some parts of the route, so if you’re thinking of visiting anywhere plan ahead.
Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU 2017
2017 is an important year for Malta as it sees itself become the smallest country evet to take on the presidency of the Council of the EU for 6 months. This gives Malta the power to further the Council’s work by planning and chairing all ministerial meetings in Brussels, whilst hosting a number of high-level meetings and conferences here in Malta. This also included the summit of EU heads of Government which was held a few weeks ago.
Having said this the events are not all politics related, as one can find several cultural events on the schedule, ranging from performances, exhibitions and concerts.
There are several priorities that are being tackled, for more information regarding these and the events being held visit www.eu2017.mt