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Music, Dance and Theatre , Festivals , Family Entertainment, Cultural- A season of colour and fun 17/02/2012 to 21/02/2012
Carnival is celebrated in numerous towns and villages but especially in Valletta, Floriana and Nadur Gozo. It is indeed a kind of explosion of colour in the way of decorated floats and costumes. Carnival serves also as means of merriment and a time when individuals also dress up in all sorts of weird or funny costume and just go out in the streets to join the fray. The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts organise the official Carnival festivities that take place in Valletta from Friday until the following Tuesday. Some of the events are held inside an enclosure and may be attended against a nominal fee. On the last day, a big Carnival defile ends in the main street of Floriana with a fireworks display. In Gozo, the Nadur Local Council organises what originally started out as an exclusively individualistic and spontaneously acted Carnival celebration that verged on the weird, hilarious and the macabre. Even though today the Nadur Carnival has become more structured, it is still true to its origins. The individual spontaneity which is still alive and kicking runs parallel to other organised events such as local band performances on stage that are held in the town’s square. These events are free of charge.
Valentine’s Day is considered to be the most romantic day of the year where millions of roses, thousands of heart shaped balloons and boxes of chocolates are exchanged to express the love between sweethearts all around the globe. So lets make TODAY the day of romance by taking your better half to a candle lit dinner or for a walk on the beach! If you want to tell someone you like them why not send them a love note? And for all the single ones out there do not despair! EC has a Valentines Programme aimed for you too so come to the reception to get more information about our annual Valentines Traffic Light Party that will take place tonight at Footloose
Today Malta is celebrating the Feast of St. Paul which commemorates the shipwreck of the saint at the island’s shores in 60A.D, which led to Malta’s conversion to the Roman Catholic religion from paganism. The locality of St. Paul’s Bay also takes its name from the event. Saint Paul’s Bay is said to be the place where St. Paul and his ship crew crashed when they reached the Maltese lands. This event, recorded in the Bible’s New Testament in the Acts of the Apostles, relates how St. Paul, who was initially travelling to Rome to be trialled for practicing Catholicism, was shipwrecked in Malta following a storm. St. Paul stayed in Malta for three months, during which he managed to convert numerous Maltese to Catholicism and ordered the first Maltese Bishop St. Publius. He then returned to Rome and was executed as a martyr. Even though very short, his stay in Malta had a great impact on the future beliefs of the local islanders. This is evident by the hundreds of churches and chapels highlighting the skyline of Malta and Gozo. For those of you looking for a unique cultural experience, and an opportunity to meet the locals, the celebrations in Valletta are surely not to be missed! St Paul’s Shipwreck Church (St Paul Street, Valletta) celebrations include marching bands, fireworks and a procession which carries the statue of the Saint through the streets.
I have been at EC Malta since two weeks ago. This is a terrific experience for me. EC Malta is great, I’ll recommend it. I like this school because classes are so interesting. Teachers and all EC’s team are very polite. There are a lot of options to improve the English skills. My favorite activities are visits to historical places on the island. I live here in a home stay and the family is nice. I’m very happy. I want to come back soon!!
I have been in Malta about 4 days. When I arrived at Malta airport I was happy because I saw my name in a big paper and next to the paper said “EC” welcome. In EC the Director, coordinator, secretaries and teachers are very nice and polite. Yesterday on night I was thinking that EC is the best Language Center for learnt English. I like the method, the material (books) and the other activities. I don’t have problems with my home stay. All morning I walk about 20 minutes for arrive to the school. When the class end you have the opportunity that practice with people from over world – it’s very interesting! I take a lot photograph because it’s a wonderful place. I want the other students in Colombia to have this experience.