Ħal Luqa feast enthusiasts will this year dearly miss a 134-year angel statue tradition
A 134-year old tradition at Ħal Luqa will be missing this year during the St Andrew’s feast following the restrictions on external feast celebrations due to the pandemic.
The locality’s feast, which is celebrated tomorrow, has a unique attraction for Ħal Luqa feast enthusiasts and the many Maltese who attend the feast celebrations – a tradition which is linked with the Feast of St Andrew during which a march with the statue of an angel is organised by the ‘L-Unjoni’ Philharmonic Society.
Speaking to tvm.com.mt the society’s President Joseph Piscopo said that the angel statue, which represents the martyrdom and glory of St Andrew the Apostle, is traditionally carried shoulder high by many feast enthusiasts. This march has become very popular among the Ħal Luqa residents and attracts many feast enthusiasts from other localities.
Mr Piscopo stated that the angel statue has been popularly displays in such a traditional way for the past 134 years. The sculptor of the famous angel is Karlu Darmanin who started working on the statue in 1885.