A Touch of Maltese Folklore

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Want to learn  about the history and culture of Malta? Read on.

The “Quccija’’ is an elaborate entertainment given by the parents on the first anniversary of their children’s birth. Guests consisting of relations and close friends are invited by the parents to their home. When the guests are assembled, the child is brought in and if it is a boy, he is presented with a basket or tray containing corn, sweet meat, coins, an inkstand, a candle, a rosary, a book, a sword and other toys. If the child is a girl, needles, silk ribbons and an egg supply the place of the sword and inkstand. The choice the baby makes on this occasion is believed, according to Maltese notions, to give a just idea of his/her future disposition and the profession which the child will follow.

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