Written by Szidonia Lorincz
This project follows my quest during the summer of 2017 to grasp the atmosphere of the summer Festa celebrations through various cities. The center of the series are the people, who make this season all so special.
The Festa being a three day festival has a variety of events which everyone can partake in, as well as the fantastic fireworks displays and stands selling all sorts of foods and toys, another great source of entertainment would be the local bands and procession. We started the discussion on this topic during the first edition of this photo series, this week we have some more from the Mosta feast continuing along the themes of music and religious ceremonies.
The procession starts with the march of the local band playing traditional feast music. The same bands usually perform cover versions of popular music before or after the religious celebrations. People generally walk along with the bands, who may include some of their own loved ones, fathers, sons, sisters, cousins… But mostly, revellers, just walk along to enjoy the festive feeling of the afternoon’s delights.
In some cases the band of another village is invited to perform, so the musicians themselves can take part in the celebrations and enjoy the warmth of family togetherness during the feast. A sense of community can be felt not only with the local villagers but also with neighboring towns and as a nation.
The sacred relics are displayed, while onlookers wait for the holy statue to arrive, generally happening on the final day of the three day event, this is the most anticipated day of the summer for many of the local people.
The peak of the procession, the arrival of the statue carried by 8 men, and followed around the village by the people. This is the sole time of the year when the statue is taken out of the local parish. It is paraded around town, to bless the town and creates a sense of local pride for the people of the village who celebrate this occasion every year.
The church of Mosta with its impressive measurements still cannot shield completely against the heat of summer. The church of Mosta is known for many things, but in today’s feast it stands tall as a symbol of the town and its people.
After the religious celebration people are getting ready to sit and have a chat with their family and friends. The evening has finally settled in and people enjoy a light meal and a couple of beers with neighbors and friends alike, after the nine o clock sunset, the sense of local community is just about complete!