Centenary - Maltese Folk Mass
The Centenary Festivities Commission organised ‘Lejliet San Girgor’ (The eve of St Gregory’s Feast at Zejtun) with a Maltese Folk Mass sung by Mr Frans Baldacchino known as ‘Il-Budaj’ accompanied by two guitarists.
A PowerPoint presentation was given by Architect Norbert Gatt of the Restoration Unit of the Ministry of Infrastructure explaining the work done on the Restoration Project which his Unit has been doing during the last few months and the work planned for the coming months on St Gregory’s Church, Zejtun. The event included a session of Folk Singing by Frans Badacchino.
Maltese traditional food, such as Qassatat and Bigilla, together with Marsovin sponsored wine were available for those present.
(Images by Frank Marsh - Official Photographer for Centenary Commission)
St Gregory's Feast
The tradition of this procession goes centuries back and the original reason for it is still not sure. Some say that it was a thanks giving pilgrimage when Malta was freed from a serious 'Pest Epidemic'. Others differ on this. But what is sure, is that originally the procession used to leave Imdina Cathedral to St Gregory Church at Zejtun. By time, this procession used to start from Tarxien Parish Church, the nearby Parish to Zejtun. Since about 30 years ago the procession started to come out from St Clement Chapel at Zejtun, which is just over a kilometre away from the Church of St Gregory. On the way the procession enters the Zejtun Parish Church, a small sermon takes place and continues to St Gregory Church.
Traditional food stands and fairs are held throughout the day. It used to be an old custom for the new bridegrooms to take their spouses to this feast as part of the marriage agreement.
Centenary Snooker Competition
|As part of the Centenary the Festivities Commission will be organising a series of Indoor Sports Activities during April. The first one an Open Snooker Tournament was held on 2nd and 3rd April at the Zejtun Band Club.|
The Mayor of Zejtun, Mr Joe Attard and the Arcpriest Fr Eric Overend presented the relevant trophies to the Winner, Runner-up and Joint 3rd. The Secretary of the Centenary Commission was also present during the presentation.
Pool Game Tournament
|On 10th April 2005 a Pool Game Tournament will be organised at Zejtun Juventutis Domus as the second event of the Indoor Games initiative. Registrations will open at 0900hrs on the same day. Same prizes as the Snooker Tournament will be presented to the finalists.|
Open Darts Tournament
|On 17th April 2005, the 3rd and final event of Indoor Games will take place at Beland Band Club. This will be an Open Darts Tournament, which points will contribute to the Malta Darts Championship. The prices will be the same as the other two events and registration will open at 0900hrs on the same day. The Tournament will kick-off at 0930hrs.|
June Feast Ce;lebrations
|For the reports and images for what have happened during the Feast Celebrations last June browse through other sections of the website. Images are in the Slide Shows and Reports are in the Latest News column.|
Alla jridna naghmlu esperjenza prattika tal-fatt li Hu l-Missier taghna. Hu jmantnina tul hajjitna kollha. Iridna mimlija b’frott tal-Ispirtu tieghu.