This week, the festa season reaches its peak with various feasts all over the country. On Sunday, Hamrun residents celebrated San Gejtanu and in San Lawrenz, Gozo, they celebrated the feast of the patron saint who gave this village its name . The highlight will be on Thursday with the seven Santa Maria feasts which are celebrated on 15 August and on Sunday, even more feasts, including two towns which celebrate Santa Maria and the feast of St Helen in Birkirkara.
The colours red and blue dominated St Joseph’s High Road in Hamrun during the march at the popular feast of San Gejtanu.
The highlight of the celebrations is when they reach the two clubs in Hamrun, known as tat-Tamal and tal-Miskina. But it was not just the people of Hamrun who woke up in a mood to party. Maltese emigrants visiting from Australia were also in the crowd, renewing their childhood memories, saying that they made it a point to come on holiday to Malta at this time of year in order to meet up with old friends.
Members of the committees from both band clubs were among those who were busy with their preparations for the feast.
Justin Martin, the maestro at the Soċjetà Mużikali San Ġużepp, said that the feast gives him a lot of satisfaction despite various challenges including the fact that they do not always find enough musicians. “Today it has become very difficult because although there are many musicians who play in a band, there are also a lot of other feasts taking place at the same time as ours, right now.”
The maestro of the Għaqda Mużikali San Gejtanu said that preparations began many months before. “Ours is a major feast which lasts a long time. There is a lot of music, and preparations which start months ahead.”
The celebrations will continue up to this afternoon shortly before the procession of the statue of the patron saint, San Gejtanu.