Republic Street contrasts in the space of 24 hours

After the frantic activity in Valletta over the last few days as crowds of people scattered hither and thither to buy last minute presents and run their required errands with a sense of urgency, on Christmas Day calm and serenity provided a great contrast. Visitors in the capital city were mainly tourists as well as a few families with children clutching their presents and a few elderly people meeting to exchange traditional greetings.

Notwithstanding, there are some whose role is that of providing entertainment and enjoyment for others and we came across two chefs with the role of cooking together to make it a memorable Christmas occasion for those visiting their restaurant.

However, in yet another contrast we met people suffering hardship and sickness.

Outstanding too is the religious aspect of Christmas with an intrinsic value to motivate the spiritual message of Christmas.

Father George Buttigieg said the message of salvation has to be concentrated on everybody no matter their status whether a family, or whether a foreigner visiting Malta or whether in any kind of situation.

Despite the calm rhythm reigning in the island’s capital, the atmosphere was also underscored by the joyous ringing of church bells and the sounds of Christmas melodies bringing together families, friends and colleagues and perhaps those persons who for some reason or other have not been seeing eye to eye and may relent and make up on this occasion of peace and goodwill.

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