Experiencing Traditional Carnival Celebrations in Malta - BELS Malta

Join the unique Carnival celebrations in Malta and Gozo while studying English. From bright illuminated floats to dress up costumes, here’s a full breakdown of what goes on in Malta and Gozo’s Carnival. 

When Carnival is mentioned loads of bright images of costumed revellers, parades and hedonistic rituals come to mind. Yet no matter where you go, there’s always something unique about the way carnival is celebrated. That’s definitely the case when it comes to carnival in Malta.

Carnival in Malta and Gozo goes back to the arrival of the Knights of St John in 1535. Till this day, carnival in Malta has kept its traditional roots; a daytime parade of elaborately designed colourful floats, dance competitions in fancy get-ups and children running around in all sorts of costumes.

The heart of the action for younger revellers and families takes place in Valletta in Malta, or Victoria in Gozo. Every village organises a day-time carnival with dancing competitions and float competitions which local groups of enthusiasts spend months preparing for. Folklore rituals are practiced on both islands, with some variations across different villages. You could also taste carnival in Malta; Prinjolata is a colourful, traditional carnival treat that can be found in all the local supermarkets and cafes.

Carnival in Malta whilst studying English

If you’re in the mood for a more adult atmosphere there’s the Nadur grotesque carnival in Gozo, which is known for its outrageous and spontaneous nature. It’s the only carnival in Malta (and the whole world) that is celebrated in such a way. Throughout carnival week, the streets of Nadur invite a multitude of masked and hooded creatures to roam and rave. It’s rather unique to Nadur so the best way to understand it, is to experience it yourself. Visitors usually describe it as a mash-up of Halloween and Carnival, but we’ll let you get your own impression of it.

If you’ll be in Malta during carnival, here are 4 traditions to try out. 

Are you curious about carnival in Malta? February, which is when carnival is celebrated, is the perfect month for carnival enthusiasts to study English in Malta. If you’d like more information about BELS language schools in Malta and Gozo, send us an email at [email protected].

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