A tradition that has its roots in the early fifties celebrates the devotion to Our Lady of Graces by means of a pilgrimage on motorcycles and bicycles. The celebrations of the feast of Our Lady of Graces in Żabbar spells the last of the Summer holiday season.
Our Lady of Graces was welcomed in Żabbar by a pilgrimage in which hundreds of cyclists and motorcyclists took part
All paid their respects to Our Lady of Graces who is the patron saint of cyclists – this by means of a tradition that began in 1951.
The archpriest, Canon Evan Caruana said that the pilgrimage was not only popular in Zabbar but with all devotees of Our Lady of Graces.
‘People come from all over Malta not just from Zabbar – some out of a sense of sacrifice and others on account of a vow they have made or after having been bestowed with a particular grace or because of some illness or family crisis. it is a way of worshipping and paying respects to our Lady.”
From scooters to Lambretti and luxury motorcycles: all arrive in the Zabbar square three hours after their departure from Mosta. Bicycles arrive half an hour later from Rabat and on their arrival, prayers and blessings of cyclists and motorcyclists take place.
The tradition this year also had an international flavor with the mayor of the city of Gela in Sicily attending the Zabbar celebrations. The mayor said that the picturesque town of Gela has a twinning agreement with Zabbar and also celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Grace.
”Sono momenti di crescita sociale e kulturale tra i paesi e ci auguriamo possono essere intensificate.”
The feast of Our Lady of Graces brings the curtain down on the Summer festa season.