Gharb feast celebrations with 18th edition of the Infiorata
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The feast of the Visitation of Our Lady to St. Elizabeth, is being celebrated in the village of Gharb this week.
There are both internal and external festivities, including processions, band marches and fireworks, which culminate on the feast day this Sunday.
The Gharb Local Council, in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo, the Parish and Gharb Feast Committee, will also be organising the beautiful Infiorata cultural event.
The 18th edition of the Infiorata will be laid on the church parvis, with this year’s design by Michael Bajada.
Infiorata has been held on a yearly basis and has proved to be a very popular event for the village during the feast.
Laid on the church parvis, the Infiorata consists of a carpet made of fresh flowers petals and leaves cut in to small pieces and arranged together to form various thematic designs.
It is an old Italian tradition, the oldest one originating in Gerano, which is the twinned village of Gharb and is found in the outskirts of Rome Italy. This tradition in Gerano dates back to around the 17th Century.
Planned weeks in advance by the team in Gharb, they set to work on the intricate design at around 2pm on Sunday, the Feast day, when a group of local volunteers – adults and children – start the painstaking work of the laying of flowers to form this year’s theme.
The Visitation statue procession, then leaves the church at 7.30pm, and passes over the Infiorata – Carpet of flowers.
The Council would like to extend its best wishes for the feast and invite everyone to join in the celebrations on Sunday, the 7th of July.