Although modernism is often the greatest enemy of a country’s customs, it appears that the tradition of Carnival, while it seemed to be waning for a while, has deep roots and is being revived in many villages. Zejtun residents, apart from being known for their folk singing, were also well-known for Carnival.
Charles Seychell, from Zejtun, who loves folklore, described what used to happen around 50 years ago to Television Malta.
“The tradition was that on the Tuesday, as we would be going home to dismantle the float, everyone would meet up at the edge of the village where the band would play for us, so it was a very nice atmosphere.”
Mr Seychell explained that the Zejtun Carnival has unique features including masks about which little is known.
“There was a person who made certain masks such as the sun, the moon, the devil and death, a certain Ġużeppi Caruana, il-Katutu who used to design the moulds out of stone in those days.”
Rupert Delia, the son of the late, beloved Nenu, considered one of the best Carnival artists, has urged that the tradition of what used to happen at the end of Carnival be revived.
“Obviously as happens in every part of Malta and Gozo, it would be lovely for visitors as well as Zejtun residents to have that one last Carnival party.”
Mr Seychell said that when one mentions Carnival you cannot leave out Zejtun and especially Nenu Delia who each year used to introduce something new. The artistry of Mr Delia and the Carnival tradition was discussed two days ago during a public talk which was organised by the group Wirt iż-Żejtun.