The tradition of fireworks displays in Malta go back centuries to the Knights of St John. Fireworks were back then and still are used to celebrate feasts and special occasions in Malta. There are roughly 35 fireworks factories in Malta which is a lot considering the island is only 316 km². I have heard many an expat/tourist say, “What are these “bombs” that go off during the day?” “And what is the point to all the fireworks?”
The “bombs” you hear that go off in the day are called Petards and many people love them and many love to complain about them as they feel it is just noise. From what I understand they are fired to celebrate the saint during the day and they are fired mostly in the summer months to celebrate the festas.
I love it that Malta has kept all these old traditions in this modern world, where everyone has an opinion and people get so easily offended. I am not a religious person but I enjoy the Maltese festas and festivals even if they are of a religious nature. These traditions and festivities are deeply engrained in Malta’s past and culture and I love observing it, documenting it and being a visitor at these events. It is just one of the many special things that this country has to offer, and I am grateful that I can be a small part of it.
Below are some pictures of fireworks from a recent festa in Malta viewed from Sliema. Pictures by Scheimedia
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