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How to make the most out of the Easter weekend in Malta

Infinitely Xara - Easter Events - Figolli

Like Christmas, Easter is central to the Maltese calendar of holidays given its significance at the heart of Catholic celebrations. In my case, Easter has always held more significance in terms of family and tradition: And that tradition revolves firmly around Rabat and Mdina, two of Malta’s historical gems.

Though the pinnacle of Easter celebrations is Easter Sunday, the traditions for my family start on Good Friday. Also a public Holiday on the Maltese islands, Good Friday is steeped in rituals and traditions that are full of religious significance with a hint of local folklore.  The two primary parts to the day are the Visits to the Seven Sepulchres on Good Friday morning (also performed on Maundy Thursday by many), and the Good Friday Processions later on in the afternoon or early evening. Although both of these happen country-wide, for me they are inextricably linked to Mdina and Rabat.

My family and I start off the day walking through Rabat visiting four church sepulchres on the way, and proceed to Mdina to visit the final three.  In Mdina we stop in at the Chapel adjoining the Monastery that houses an order of Benedictine cloistered nuns, the imposing St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral and my personal favourite, the quaint Carmelite Church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  We stroll through the narrow streets of the Silent City, that truly comes to life on this day when many other families also make Mdina their destination of choice. Although this is a day of fasting, it always invariably includes a pit stop at Palazzo de Piro for a black coffee, or something a little more daring for those of us willing to break our fast.

St. Paul's Cathedral Mdina - Photo Credit Mario Galea

St. Paul’s Cathedral Mdina – Photo Credit: Mario Galea

The evening usually sees us head back to the centre of Rabat to watch the Good Friday Procession. Even though these processions are held in other towns and villages, Rabat’s procession is renowned for including some of the oldest statues that date back to the times of the Knights of St. John. Each statue represents a different stage of the journey Jesus Christ took from his betrayal by Judas to his crucifixion and burial. The processions are filled with pageantry and local pride, with local men, women and children taking part in the procession year after year.

Good Friday Procession - Statue of Judas

Good Friday Procession in a Maltese town

Easter Sunday is then a day for indulgence and celebration. The resurrection of Christ from the grave is celebrated by another procession known as “l-irxoxt” (the resurrection).  A statue of the risen Lord is carried through the village streets, in some localities those carrying the statue will even run with it on their shoulders and lift it high into the air when they stop.

Easter Sunday Procession - Irxoxt

Easter Sunday Procession in Malta – Irxoxt

The forty days of sacrifice and abstinence that lead up to Easter are always broken by an abundance of food and drink on Easter Sunday.  Though many are accustomed to chocolate Easter Eggs being given to children and loved ones to mark the occasion, in Malta we have our own traditional Easter sweets called “Figolli”, made of pastry and an almond filling and decorated with icing or chocolate.  For a taste of the traditional, one has to try the “Figolli” lovingly prepared by Infinitely Xara.

Infinitely Xara - Easter Events - Easter Eggs

Infinitely Xara – Easter Eggs

Infinitely Xara - Easter Events - Figolla

Infinitely Xara – Figolla

And taking the tradition of Easter to the next level, the Infinitely Xara Kitchen Brigade will entice you with their divine selection of Easter dishes specially prepared for you and your families. They have created an array of different menus for their venues in Mdina and Rabat; The Xara Lodge, the de Mondion and Palazzo de Piro.  The Trattioria AD 1530  will also be open on Easter Sunday offering its usual a la carte menu complemented by a selection of mouth-watering specials. Entice your taste buds with all the flavours of the Easter tradition and make this a truly unforgettable holiday. Each of the venues (with the exception of the Trattoria) will also feature live musical entertainment and children’s activities, that will make the day a truly memorable one.

 Contact the Infinitely Xara team to reserve your table and truly end your Easter celebrations in style.

Easter Sunday Buffet Lunch
The Xara Lodge

Soups

Pea Velouté with Pancetta and Truffle Oil
Mediterranean Fish Soup with Herb Croutons

Cold Buffet

A Selection of 8 Natural and Composed Salads
Homemade Cured and Marinated Fish Display
Cured and Roast Meats with Aioli and Dressings
Selection of Local Goats Cheese and Mozzarella
Prawn Fountain with Lindigoe Sauce
Smoked Half Shell Mussels with Orange and Coriander
Herbed Olives, Pickles and Salsas
Fresh Bread Display and Water Biscuits

Hot Buffet

Salmon and Shellfish Stew with Fennel in a Dill and Prawn Bisque
Roasted Duck Breast with Five Spice on Braised Red Cabbage
Roasted Quail Glazed with Honey and Cumin
Panache of Spring Vegetables
Roasted New Potatoes with Fennel and Sundried Tomatoes

Carvery

Roasted Beef Ribeye
Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb
Hollandaise Sauce, Beef Jus and Roasted Garlic Jus

Live Pizza Station

Braised Pork, Mozzarella, Smoked Applewood and Baby Spinach Leaves
Fresh Mozzarella, Parma Ham and Parmesan Shavings

Pasta Station

Pennette with Chicken Liver and Brown Cap Mushrooms in
Balsamic and Marsala Sauce
Shellfish filled Ravioli with Spinach, Asparagus and Lemon Verbena Cream Sauce

Dessert Station

A Delicious and Exquisite Selection of
Flans, Gateaux, Crumble, Chocolate, Individual Desserts
Kwarezimal and Figolli

Beverages

Half a Bottle of Wine and Water per person

€39.00 per person including 18% VAT

Kids Buffet Menu

Chicken Nuggets
Beef Burgers
French Fries
Smiley Potatoes
Peas

Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry Ice Cream

€15.00 per person including 18% VAT

Easter Sunday Lunch
de Mondion Restaurant

Lightly Peppered Beef Carpaccio
Vegetables Ribbons and Parmesan Shavings
Gherkin, Balsamic and Chive Vinaigrette, Ciabatta Croutons
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Lobster and Cheese filled Ravioli
Asparagus and Baby Pac Choi
Dill Cream Sauce
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Carvery

Slow Roasted Scottish Leg of Lamb studded with Garlic and Rosemary
Roasted Prime Beef Rib with Mustard
Braised Duck Legs with Orange and Liquorice Root
Pan Fried Seabass Delice
Roasted Parsnips and Carrots
Buttered Steamed Green Asparagus
Steamed Sugar Snap Peas and French Beans
Pressed Potato Terrine with Thyme
Hollandaise Sauce
Minted Lamb Jus
Tomato, Basil and Spring Onion Salsa
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de Mondion Classic Desserts

Chocolate Fondant
Fiore di Latte Ice Cream
Gianduja and Raspberry Mousse
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Coffee and Petits Fours

€42.00 per person including 18% VAT

Easter Sunday Lunch
de Mondion Restaurant
Kids Menu

Garganelli with Smoked Ham, Spinach and Cheese
Herb Cream Sauce
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Roasted Beef Fillet
Mashed Potatoes, Panache of Vegetables
Red Wine Sauce
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Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry Ice Cream

€25.00 per person including 18% VAT

Easter Sunday Buffet Lunch
Palazzo de Piro

Soup

Pea Velouté
Pancetta and Truffle Oil

Fish and Charcutiere Station

Chicken, Pistachio, Dried Apricot and Cranberry Galantine
Assorted Smoked Fish
Parma Ham with Melon soaked in Port
Assorted Salami Platter
Roast Beef with Horseradish and Pickles
Salmon Bellevue with Lindigoe Sauce
Smoked Half Shell Mussels with Orange and Chili Salsa

Carvery Station

Roasted Beef Ribeye
Slow Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb
Hollandaise Sauce and Lamb Jus

Salad Bar

Fattoush
Caprese Salad and Caesar Salad
Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Salad with Pesto Dressing
Potato Salad with Chives and Whole Grain Mustard
Marinated Mushroom Salad with Raspberry and Tarragon Dressing
Baba ghanoush and Hummus

Pasta Station

Live Pennette Parmigiana with Fresh Cream, flamed with Brandy
Fusilli with Chorizo, Prawns and Gremolata

Barbecue Station

Beef Sirloin Medallions with Rosemary
Butterfly Chicken Breast with Oregano and Garlic
Cumberland and Maltese Sausages

Baked Gammon and Cheese Station

Carved Honey and Clove studded Gammon
Baked Whole Brie en Croute with Apple and Raisin Compote
Whole Stilton infused with Port Wine
Water and Cheese Biscuits, Grissini, French and Maltese Bread
Home Made Chutneys, Fruit Cake, Walnuts and Hazelnuts

Dessert Station

A Delicious and Exquisite Selection of
Flans, Gateaux, Crumble, Chocolate, Individual Desserts
Kwarezimal and Figolli

€34.00 per person including 18% VAT

Kids Buffet Menu

Chicken Nuggets
Beef Burgers
French Fries
Smiley Potatoes
Peas

Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry Ice Cream

€15.00 per person including 18% VAT


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