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PHOTO GALLERY:
Feast of Saint George at Qormi, Malta
June 2004


Page Description

This photogallery consists of many photos from from the traditional local feast of the city of Hal-Qormi (central region of Malta) dedicated to Saint George. When the feast arrives in a particular town or village, there will be many activities going on and preparations done, some of which would have taken nearly a year of dedicated, sometimes voluntary work.

The streets are closed for vehicles and the people gather there following the band playing joyful music. The streets are decorated with many things such as colourful large statues, tapestry, light, etc. In some important streets there will also be caravans with take away food, drinks and icecream to buy. The most beautiful and rich decoration is undoubtfully the church. As it can be seen here it is decorated by lights from the outside, and much more royal-like stuff inside as it can be seen in the photos below. Finally there will be those spectacular firework displays (climax at the eve of the feast - usually a Saturday night) which consists of sky fireworks and ground fireworks, the later more known as cikcifogu (chick-chi-fwo-guw) derived and corrupted from the Italian Gioco di fuoco that is Fire Play. There is a description about every photo and the photo-gallery in nicely presented with navigation buttons and photo thumbnails.

This particular page contains photos of decoration of the streets and the royal decorations inside the church which makes it look to be a palace. [MarZ]


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SANGORG04-01 :
Feast of Saint George, Qormi (Jun/04)
Saint George Feast (June 2004) - - Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 100 - 300kb)
Typical photo of the atmosphere of a village feast with a band playing joyful music, and people following it while it slowly matches along the important streets which are well decorated with statues, light, tapestry, etc.

SANGORG04-02 :
Feast of Saint George, Qormi (Jun/04)
Saint George Feast (June 2004) - - Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 100 - 300kb)
Malin under a large crown at a street junction. Of course it is not meant for Malin to put it on her head, but this large crown have a sack inside that is usually filled with small pieces of coloured paper (like those at the wedding ceremonies) and when the band is beneath it, by means of a rope, someone will open the crown's sack and the paper will fall on the band and crowd.

SANGORG04-03 :
Feast of Saint George, Qormi (Jun/04)
Saint George Feast (June 2004) - - Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 100 - 300kb)
Another similar thing as in the above photo, but in this case a large number of balloons are held by a net and are let free on the crowd at the finale, that is when the band arrives near it's band club and plays it's final melodies.

SANGORG04-04 :
Feast of Saint George, Qormi (Jun/04)
Saint George Feast (June 2004) - - Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 100 - 300kb)
Photo of one of the many large and colourful biblical statues along the main streets of the town.

SANGORG04-05 :
Feast of Saint George, Qormi (Jun/04)
Saint George Feast (June 2004) - - Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 100 - 300kb)
Photo of the wonderful light-decorated front face of the large church of the city of Qormi (West part). The church is decorated only during the feast week, that is 7 days from the feast of Saint George celebrated on the last Sunday of June.

SANGORG04-06 :
Feast of Saint George, Qormi (Jun/04)
Saint George Feast (June 2004) - - Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 100 - 300kb)
Photo of how the church is decorated inside. I do not intend much about the names of the decorations to explain the photo, but it describes itself how rich and magnificent is the decoration inside the church, most of them are gold or silver.

SANGORG04-07 :
Feast of Saint George, Qormi (Jun/04)
Saint George Feast (June 2004) - - Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 100 - 300kb)
Another photo inside the church this time facing from the altar to the back.

SANGORG04-08 :
Feast of Saint George, Qormi (Jun/04)
Saint George Feast (June 2004) - - Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 100 - 300kb)
One of the several small altars placed at the lateral part of the church. These altars are dedicated to different saints or biblical events, according to the painting above it. I could not recognize this female saint but who who intends will tell you immediately which saint it is from the posture or garments or possession of some particular object held by the saint. I would guess that this is the annunciation of Baby Jesus to Mary by the angel. There are about 4-6 of such small altars at the sides of the church and each is taken care and decorated by special persons / brotherhoods.

SANGORG04-09 :
Feast of Saint George, Qormi (Jun/04)
Saint George Feast (June 2004) - - Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 100 - 300kb)
An altar made of silver at the left side of the main altar. The valuable decoration is impressive. I think if it would have been sold out, the money obtained would feed the whole of Kenya for an entire week

SANGORG04-10 :
Feast of Saint George, Qormi (Jun/04)
Saint George Feast (June 2004) - - Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 100 - 300kb)
This is the main altar of the church from which the mass is preached. One could spend several minutes exploring the details of the decorations such as the altar, the carpets, the statues., the cross, the place where the Holy host is held, the tapestry, etc etc.




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