While Easter is the indication of the beginning of spring to the people of Malta, most of the celebrations are of a religious nature occurring in churches across the island. With countless festivals, processions, passion plays, marches and various other celebrations.

Maundy Thursday in Malta – 18th April 2019 – 8pm onwards

This day is a remembrance of The Last Supper. Churches create model scale representations of the Last Supper and the Easter story and altars of repose. The Three Cities and Mdina are highly known for their beautifully adorned Altars of Repose. During these days churches desist in the ringing of the bells and replace them with a wooden gong called a ‘ċuqqlajta’. On the eve of Good Friday – the ‘seven visits’ take place at around 8pm onwards. These are the visits to seven different churches, to pay homage to the Altars of Repose.

In the limits of Siġġiewi, perched on a hilltop stands the Laferla Cross, which can easily be seen from the terrace at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux. A yearly festival of lights is organised on Maundy Thursday after sunset where hundreds of candles are lit up to create a solemn atmosphere during this Holy Night. Thousands of believers and tourists flock to this rural area to experience a mystical night of prayers and worship.

St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina

6.30pm – Mass that includes the washing of the legs which symbolises Christ’s action during the Last Supper when He washed the legs of his 12 Apostles. Mass will be followed by a procession to the Altar of Repose.
8.00pm – The Seven Visits
10.00pm – An hour of Adoration

Carmelite Priory, Villegaignon Street, Mdina

6.00pm – Mass followed by a procession to the Altar of Repose. The church remains open till midnight.

St Benedict’s Monastery, Villegaignon Street, Mdina

5.00pm – Mass followed by a silent adoration till 11.00pm.

Good Friday – 19th April 2019

Good Friday is a solemn rememberance and atonement. No masses are held on the day, however a special service occurs in the afternoon at the hour of death of Jesus Christ, at 3pm, in all parish churches around the islands. These are then followed by several processions around the islands in which statues that represent the Passion of the Christ are carried through the villages and towns.

The bolded villages below organise the more popularly visited processions and most start at 5pm:

Żebbuġ, Mosta, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Isla (Senglea), Valletta, Bormla (Cospicua)

Luqa, Naxxar, Paola, Qormi, Rabat, Żejtun and Ħal Għaxaq.
Good Friday processions are also held in Gozo, in Victoria, Nadur, Xagħra, Xewkija and Żebbuġ.

St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina

8.30am – Adoration infront of the Altar of Repose.
3.30pm – A rememberance of the Death of Christ, adoration and communion.

Carmelite Priory, Villegaignon Street, Mdina

3.00pm – A rememberance of the Death of Christ, adoration and communion.

St Benedict’s Monastery, Villegaignon Street, Mdina

3.30pm – A rememberance of the Death of Christ, adoration and communion.

Holy Saturday – Saturday 20th April 2019

Holy Saturday retains the solemnity of Good Friday until the evening where devoted followers and tourists alike gather in the squares of the churches to witness a special celebraton venerating the Rising of Christ. The celebration commences in pitch darkness and the re-lighting happens with glistening candle light until the churches light up and the bells ring happily as a proclamation of Christ’s resurrection.

St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina

8.00pm – A solemn mass to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ that includes infant baptism and renewal of baptismal promises.

Carmelite Priory, Villegaignon Street, Mdina

8.00pm – A solemn mass to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ.

St Benedict’s Monastery, Villegaignon Street, Mdina

7.00pm – A solemn mass to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ and infant baptism.

Easter Sunday – 21st April 2019

Easter Sunday begins with a morning procession carrying around towns and villages the statue of the Resurrected Christ. You wouldn’t miss the onlookers applauding and throwing confetti as those carrying the statue run with it through the streets. Easter day is traditionally celebrated with a special family lunch. It is also a time to visit relatives and friends, exchanging good wishes and small presents. It’s also tradition to give children chocolate-coated Easter Eggs and a figolla, almond-filled pastry in the shape of a rabbit, lamb, fish or heart, covered in icing sugar.

The procession with the statue of the Resurrected Christ takes place in the morning at around 9am in Rabat, Valletta, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Isla (Senglea), Bormla (Cospicua), Żejtun, Ħaż-Żebbuġ, Naxxar, Qormi (both parishes of St George and St Sebastian), Għargħur, Mosta, Paola, Gżira, Baħrija and in Gozo: Rabat, Nadur, Xagħra, Qala, Iż-Żebbuġ u x-Xewkija.

St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina

9.30am / 11.00am / 6.00pm – Mass celebration in order to celebrate the biggest feast of the Catholic Church.

Carmelite Priory, Villegaignon Street, Mdina

8.30 am – Mass celebration in order to celebrate the biggest feast of the Catholic Church, the Resurrection of Christ.

St Benedict’s Monastery, Villegaignon Street, Mdina

8.00am – Mass celebration in order to celebrate the biggest feast of the Catholic Church, the Resurrection of Christ.