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Title: Lent and Carnival in Malta (2017)
Authors: Zarb Dimech, Anthony
Keywords: Lent -- Malta -- History
Carnival -- Malta -- History
Christianity and culture -- Malta -- History
Fasts and feasts -- Malta -- History
Knights of Malta -- Malta -- History
Del Ponte, Pietrino, 1462-1535
La Vallette, Jean Parisot, 1494-1568
Pinto da Fonseca, Manoel, 1681-1773
Malta -- History -- Knights of Malta, 1530-1798
Order of St John -- Malta -- History
Issue Date: 2017-03-12
Publisher: Standard Publications Ltd.
Citation: Zarb Dimech, A. (2017, March 12). Lent and Carnival in Malta (2017). The Malta Independent, pp.40.
Abstract: As part of the Lifestyle & Culture section, Anthony Zarb Dimech takes an in-depth look at the origins, traditions and significance behind Lent and Carnival in Malta. Dimech tracks its evolution: a Pagan tradition deriving from old Judeo roots which was later ‘Christianzed’ by the West. Carnival as we know it was only celebrated five years after the arrival of the Knights (in 1535) under Grand Master Pietro del Ponte. Eventually gaining more and more popularity as time passed , today it has engraved itself a ‘National Celebration’ in Malta. Customs and manifestations over the years include; Kukkanja, Qarcilla, European-esque masks, the macabre, King Carnival, political floats, etc. Dimech also writes about how each year dates are set for Good Friday and Easter Sunday according to the position of the moon which in turn ties to Lent and Carnival. This piece also features an drawing of Grand Master Pietro del Ponte, the Kukkanja tradition, and a separate summary on Randan (Lent) including dates.
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