28 - 29 Jun 2016
5:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Buskett Gardens

L-IMNARJA 2016

This feast is one of the oldest that is celebrated in Malta and Gozo. It commemorates two important saints in Maltese religious lore – St. Peter and St. Paul. The word luminarja is derived from the Latin word Luminare – to light up. This was how people manifested their joy in recognition of a particular feast, with lighting being offered by burning bonfires and candles. This feast has somewhat moved away from the traditional village festa style, and has developed a different type of merriment which is held in Buskett Gardens on the eve of the 29th June – the day of the feast.

The liturgical services are held in the Mdina Cathedral. During the late afternoon hours, numerous horse and donkey races are held in a country lane situated just below and at some distance from Mdina. The contenders vie for the Palju – a traditional banner that is presented as a trophy to the winners of various categories of races – which in olden times used to be presented to the winners by none other than the Grand Master of the Order.

The feast of St. Peter and St. Paul is also celebrated in Nadur in Gozo, this time in the usual festive manner that is normally held in towns and villages.

Programme of events – 28th June from 5pm till 1am:

Exhibitions of:
Old and new machinery and carts
Traditional crafts
Fruit and vegetables
Local traditions regarding hunting and trapping, organised by FNKN at ir-Razzett tal-Bagħal
Gymkhana for kids
Band marches
Traditional music and stage shows – aside from the main area, there will be folk music in different areas around Buskett.
Competitions for rabbits and fancy poultry
Kids area with traditional Maltese games
Re-enactment of Mnarja 14th Century
Carts and cabs parade from Saqqajja to Buskett
Information stands
Traditional food and sweets

Programme – 29th June from 6am till 2pm:

Exhibitions of:
Old and new machinery and carts
Falconry
Traditional crafts
Rabbits and fancy poultry
Fruit and vegetables
Local traditions regarding hunting and trapping, organised by FNKN at ir-Razzett tal-Bagħal
Traditional music and stage shows – aside from the main area, there will be folk music in different areas around Buskett.
Competition of goats, sheep, cows, pigs, horses and various breeds of typically Maltese dogs
Milking of sheep and goats in the traditional way

Demonstrations:
How to sheer sheep in the traditional way
The traditional making of ricotta
Soft Nougat – Qubbajt
Kids area with traditional Maltese games
Artist painting on site
Guided tours at Winery outside Buskett
Informative talks on various subjects related to agriculture at ir-Razzett tal-Għorof
Information stands
Traditional Maltese Fair
Traditional food and sweets
Presentation of the prizes for all competitions by HE President of Malta Ms. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.

Mnarja 2016 is being organised by the Rural Festivities Unit within the Parliamentary Secretariat for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights with the collaboration of the Arts Council and the Agrarian Soc.

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