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Infiorata celebrates feast of the Visitation of Our Lady to St. Elizabeth

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Infiorata celebrates the feast of the Visitation of Our Lady to St. ElizabethA reminder that tomorrow, Sunday, the Locality of Gharb will be celebrating the feast of the Visitation of Our Lady to St. Elizabeth.

It will be an opportunity to see the beautiful Infiorata, organised annually since 2003 by the Gharb Local Council, in collaboration with the Gharb Feast

The ‘Inforata’ is laid on the church parvis and consists of a carpet made of fresh flowers petals and leaves cut in small pieces and arranged together to form various thematic designs.

The ‘Infiorata’ is an old Italian tradition, the oldest one originating in ‘Gerano’ the twinned village of Gharb which is found in the outskirts of Rome Italy. This tradition in Gerano dates back to around the 17th Century.

The team in Gharb start on the design weeks before the feast and on Sunday, the Feast day, a group of local volunteers made up of young children and adults gather together on the church parvis at around 2pm to start works on the laying of flowers.

The procession of the Visitation, which takes place at about 7.30pm, and will pass over the Infiorata – Carpet of flowers as it leaves the church.

The Council would like to extend it’s best wishes for the feast and would also like to invite everyone to join in the celebrations.

Photograph shows the preparations for Infiorata 2014

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