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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Christmas Cribs from Malta and Gozo
Every year at Christmas it is a local tradition to build different cribs for both islanders and foreigners to visit. The main reason is to remember the birth of Jesus Christ. But it is also a question of creativity.
Interested people can visit static cribs, mechanical and moving cribs, and even live cribs. This year one can see live cribs in Hal Lija (Malta) and in Ghajnsielem (Gozo), this year named Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem. One could hear local and traditional music and see local crafts in the making.
Tourists can also ask for local Christmas sweets such as qaghaq tal-ghasel (honey rings), imbuljuta (a kind of hot drink made of chocolate, chestnuts and orange peel), but
also Chrismas log, mince pies, amongst others.
One can visit the local cribs both during mornings and evenings. If possible visit the live cribs during evenings when the lights are on :-)