Daily Archive for February 5th, 2016

Our Little Smiling Clowns

Carnival is a fun time for everyone. It was no exception here in our class K2.2. We decided to dress our little ones as clowns. They happily painted their own hat and coloured their own bow. They were excited to wear them and couldn’t wait to dress up in their cute costume. It was big surprise for them to have their faces beautifully painted by their class teacher. Our biggest reward was seeing their smiling faces as they put on their first carnival costume of 2016.

Hurray! Hurray! It’s Carnival Again!

Malta’s Carnival goes back hundreds of years. We find that already in the 16th century a jousting tournament was held as part of the celebrations. Maltese people used to celebrate Carnival with the Knights of St. John as from one week before Ash Wednesday. The origin of the name Carnival derives from the Italian phrase ‘Carne vale’, which means literally ‘it is allowed to eat meat’ due to the fact that, in those times,  during the forty days of lent, the eating of meat was forbidden. Therefore, Carnival was to be celebrated just before to the fasting period in Catholic countries.
Nowadays, Carnival is celebrated in many towns and villages but especially in Valletta, Floriana and Nadur Gozo. It is like a big explosion of colour in the decorated floats and costumes. Carnival serves also as means of merriment and a time when individuals also dress up in all sorts of strange or funny costume and just go out in the streets to join the fun.

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The official Carnival festivities take place in Valletta from Friday until the following Tuesday. On the last day, a big Carnival defile ends in the main street of Floriana with a fireworks display.