The festa season is replete with all types of traditions and unique touches. Some of them go down well with everyone but others are not that well-received. Among the traditions which have ended up as a topic of conversation is the bird show which each year gives life to the feast of San Lawrenz in Vittoriosa. For many people, however, this show is tantamount to cruelty.
Questioned about what happens during this event, in comments to tvm.com.mt the Secretary of the Soċjetà Mużikali San Lawrenz, Simon Farrugia said that on the day of the feast as the village band, Banda Vittoriosana San Lawrenz starts playing the popular anthem of the patron saint, a ball will open like a flower with petals. In the middle of this there will be the statue of St Patience, St Laurence’s mother and another one of the patron saint.
Mr Farrugia said that for many years a number of birds used to be placed inside the ball which are let out shortly afterwards as an expression of joy for the glory of St Laurence. He added that although the Committee for External Festivals has always followed the law, as from last year the show began using pigeons instead of birds since so many people were against the practice of using birds in this tradition.