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Mnarja 2014 – A Traditional Feast with a New Dimension

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Mnarja is a typical Maltese feast which includes a mixture of tradition, religion, food and music.

Although it is one of the oldest feasts, it is still celebrated nowadays.

This boisterous feast portraits a typical Maltese folklore and agriculture festival with plenty of music, folk dancing, feasting, exhibition and competitions involving not only animals such as cows, pigs, rabbits, horses, poultry, dogs, sheep and goats but also a variety of vegetables, fruit and Maltese specialties such as oil, honey, herbs, Maltese cheese (Gbejna) to mention a few.

It also incorporates a showcase of traditional artisans.

The Mnarja (a corruption of the Italian “luminara” - illumination) is centuries old tradition and is referred to as a harvest festival which is celebrated on June 29th , the feast of St Peter and St Paul.

It is characterised by a nightlong picnic at Buskett Woodlands, on the eve of the feast during which the native dish ‘fenkata’, stewed rabbit, is consumed in large quantities accompanied by equally large volumes of locally produced wine.

Exhibits of local produce, marching bands, decorated carts and folklore enliven the night-long proceedings.

Programme - Saturday 28th June from 17:00 till 01:00:

- Exhibition of old machinery and traditional crafts at the farm that has been recently refurbished.
- Band Marches
- Fruit and Vegetables Exhibition and Competition.  There will also be an artistic section (sculpture and visual arts) made from fruit and/or vegetables and another section for extraordinary fruit and vegetables
- Artisian Street:  Apart from the traditional crafts at the farm, there will be more non-works will include soap, hand crafted eggs, glass work etc.
- Traditional music and stage shows.  Apart from the main area, there will be folk music in different areas around Buskett. 
- Kids Area with traditional Maltese games:  Including hands-on activities of how one can make a traditional music instrument and also a traditional kite.  Storytelling and Maltese folk music  exclusively for children.
- Information stands including also the involvement from local councils.
- Maltese Traditional Fair


Programme – Sunday 29th June from 06:00 till 18:00:

- Exhibition and competition of goats, sheep, cows, pigs, horses, rabbits, fancy poultry, and various breeds of typically Maltese dogs.
- Milking of Sheep and goats using the traditional way.
- Demonstration of:
- Making of Maltese cheeslets (gbejniet) the traditional way.  Also a unique opportunely for children to make the cheeslets.
- Making of ricotta the traditional way.
- Soft Nougat (Qubbajt)
- Band Marches
- Fruit and Vegetables Exhibition and Competition.  There will also be an artistic section (sculpture and visual arts) made from fruit and/or vegetables and another section for extraordinary fruit and vegetables
- Artisian Street:  Apart from the traditional crafts at the farm, there will be more non-works will include soap, hand crafted eggs, glass work etc.
- Traditional music and stage shows.  Apart from the main area, there will be folk music in different areas around Buskett.
- Kids Area with traditional Maltese games:  Including hands-on activities of how one can make a traditional music instrument and also a traditional kite.  Storytelling and Maltese folk music exclusively for children.
- Information stands including also the involvement from local councils.
- Maltese Traditional Fair & Bingo
- Presentation of the prizes of all the competitions by HE President of Malta Ms. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.

 

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