Month: June 2003
Mnarja wraps up [29/06/03]
was a different Mnarja for the Nadurin around the world. With all
activities streamed online and all photos and information
instantaneously put on the web, thousands enjoyed Mnarja from their
far-away homes. However, the people of Nadur celebrated it in style.
At 1830 CET Archpriest Mgr Saviour Muscat led the singing of
the vespers, accompanied by members of the Basilica's chapter. The
procession with the statue of St Peter and St Paul, then, left the
Church at 2000 CET, accompanied by the Mnarja Band the Victoria's
Leone Band. Thousands of Gozitans packed Nadur's main streets and
the square and enjoyed Nadur's big feast. Click here
good reasons to celebrate [29/06/03]
many colours! So much fun! The Nadurin surely know how to celebrate.
The traditional marc tal-hdax, the most popular band march in
every local feast, started at 1100 CET and wrapped up at around 1330
CET. The Nadur youths, all with red and yellow-painted faces and sporting
colourful Mnarja t-shirts enjoyed every second of the event. The
St Gregory Band of Kercem and the St Helen's Band of Birkirkara
played marches through the main streets of Nadur. Click here
celebrates the feast of St Peter and St Paul [29/06/03]
people of Nadur are celebrating the feast of St Peter and St Paul. At 0900 CET, Gozo Bishop Nicholas
Cauchi led a pontifical concelebrated Mass and then delivered this
panegyric on the lives of the two apostles. Following the special
sermon, the Bishop presented this year's Golden Heart Award to
Giovann Tabone - a young altruistic Naduri. The
St Gregory Band of Kercem and the St Helen's Band of Birkirkara will
play marches through the streets of Nadur, starting at 1100 CET.
Traditional horse and donkey races will be held at Ta' Xhajma Street
at 1400 CET. June29th.com's photographer Joe Zammit spent Sunday
morning in Nadur. Click here
to have a peep at what we're preparing for you.
Mnarja gets into full swing [28/06/03]
temperatures hitting the 30°C mark, the Nadurin are fully enjoying
the feast of their patron saints St Peter and St Paul. Crowds of
people from all over Gozo intermingled with the Nadurin on Saturday
evening and enjoyed Mnarja Eve. Enthusiastic youngsters wearing
shirts accompanied the Banda Mnarja and the Banda Cittadina La
Stella. Last year's special Mnarja float
was again amidst the crowd and amidst the youngsters' cheer. Click here
Bishop in Nadur again for Translazzjoni [28/06/03]
Bishop Nicholas Cauchi was in Nadur again on Saturday to lead the
Pontifical Translazzjoni - a procession with the relics of St
Peter and St Paul. The ceremony started at around 1830 CET. Click here
for photos. Meanwhile, Xaghra's Banda Victory, Victoria's Cittadina
La Stella and Ghajnsielem's Banda San Guzepp will join the Banda
Mnarja on Saturday evening for numerous performances around Nadur.
Thousands of people are expected to jam-pack Nadur's square for what
promises to be a superb fireworks display by Mqabba's St Mary's
of celebrations kicks off [27/06/03]
so nice to see a town in a big celebration. That's Mnarja! Thousands
of people were in Nadur on Friday and enjoyed Jum id-Dimostrazzjoni
(demonstration day). The statue of St Peter and St Paul was taken
round Nadur's main roads, and then, at around midnight, it was put
up on a pedestal set in the main square. The pedestal is this year
celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Banda Mnarja and Banda Santa
Margerita of Sannat accompanied the statue in its tour around Nadur.
In the meantime, Xewkija's Banda Prekursur performed a musical
program in Nadur's main square. The crowd also enjoyed a display of
fireworks manufactured in Nadur! Click here
set... the feast is on [27/06/03]
was a busy day for the Nadurin as all final touches were given before
Nadur hosts thousands of people for its special weekend. The dilettanti
tan-nar spent hours at St Peter and St Paul's square assembling
Friday evening's fireworks. The fireworks, made by Mqabba's St
Mary's Fireworks Factory and by a group of Nadurin, were sponsored
by J Portelli Projects. Meanwhile the new statue depicting the
martyrdom of Saint Peter was also put on its pedestal in front of
the Church on Friday, accompanied by the statue showing the
martyrdom of St Paul. James Azzopardi carried out the work
commissioned by the Kumitat Armar Pjazza. Click here
for all photos.
golden halos inaugurated [26/06/03]
Bishop Mgr Nicholas Cauchi on Thursday inaugurated the new golden
halos, which from now on, will adorn the titular statue of St Peter
and St Paul. The halos were designed by Marco Azzopardi and
commissioned to Vanni Bartolo of Cottonera. Expenses were forked out
by 24 benefactors, whose name is engraved on the back side of each
halo. Pope John Paul II blessed the halos at the Vatican City a few
weeks ago. Meanwhile, all is now set for Mnarja 2003. Visit our
feature which will be updated daily in the coming days.
Restored 100-year-old organ inaugurated [26/06/03]
Basilica pipe organ, which has recently been restored by 27-year-old
Robert Buhagiar, was inaugurated on Thursday evening. The unique
organ was made by Pacifico Inzoli of Crema, in Italy, back in 1897.
A concert was held at the Basilica to mark the occasion. During the
concert, Buhagiar himself played works by Bellini, Durante, Bach,
Camidge, Vierne and Meyerbeer. Meanwhile on Thursday, The Times
of Malta published an interview with Robert Buhagiar. Click here
to read more.
takes Nadurin back in time
annual Mnarja folk evening was held on Wednesday at Nadur’s pjazzetta.
Great food and good company mixed up for an enjoyable evening. There
were also some of Malta’s best entertainers, including Malta’s
Eurovision entry Lynn Chircop, Joe and Veronica (id-Dulli),
the Greenfields, the Cameo Folk Dancers and the Mnarja Folk Group. A
Peruvian band played a number of its ethnic songs, while the Maltese
ghannejja did it the Maltese way! A Dutch TV station also
filmed a good part of the show to include it in one of its special
documentaries. Click here
for photos. The Mnarja folk evening is rooted in history. Hundreds
of years ago people from all over Malta used to mark Mnarja with a
night of good food and good music as Daniel Bartolo finds out in his feature.
double white lines get a break! [25/06/03]
long double white lines at Xhajma Road, the road linking Nadur to
Victoria, are now broken white lines. This means that one may cross
the lines to overtake as long as it is safe. The double white lines
were only left in dangerous spots, including corners. This
was one of the changes proposed by the Nadur
to the Traffic Control Board. Members of the Local Council also did
a site inspection with the traffic board representatives, who, in
turn, approved the proposed changes.
approves outline permit for new cemetery [25/06/03]
Development Control Commission Board of the Malta Environment and
Planning Authority (MEPA) has approved the outline permit for a new
cemetery to be built at Ghajn Qasab Street. The approval was
announced during a meeting held on Tuesday, June 24th.
Nadur Parish must now submit a detailed plan for MEPA's approval. Work would
then start after MEPA gives its go-ahead. Visit the Nadur
website for more information.
moving into feast-mode
days to go for Nadur's big day and its main roads are going
Tens of young and old Nadurin are working hard to decorate their
street for the feast of St Peter and St Paul. There are no less than
seven committees responsible for feast decorations in Nadur.
main streets are becoming
adorned with flags, statues, bulbs, lavishly decorated cloth banners
and what have you. Activity is the order of the day as groups of
people are seen working at odd hours or under a scorching sun in
order to settle everything in time! Visit the Mnarja
feature or click here
to go directly to the latest photos.
Band performs annual concert
Mnarja Band held its annual concert at the pjazzetta on
Monday. The event was organised by the Socjeta' Filarmonika
Mnarja together with the Nadur Local Council. Amongst the
musical pieces performed by the Mnarja Band were the Innu Marcia lil San Pietru u
San Pawl (Vincenzo Ciappara), Movie Adventures (John Williams), The Prince
of Egypt (Stephen Schwartz), Moment for Moricone (Ennio Moricone),
Unchained Melody (A. North & H. Zareth), La Gazza Ladra (G.
Rossini), Selections from Starlight Express (Andrew Lloyd Webber),
Innu lill-Banda Mnarja (Vincenzo Ciappara) and the Maltese national anthem
(Robert Sammut). Maestro Joseph Grech masterfully directed the
Mnarja Band. Mayor Dr Chris
Said and Band President Charles Xuereb both delivered a short
address. Click here
many exhibits make this year's fair the biggest ever
was the biggest ever Agricultural Fair at Nadur's pjazzetta.
Hundreds of people from all over Gozo visited Nadur on Sunday
morning and admired Nadur's most special agricultural produce. There
were also cute goats, beautiful horses, ponies, sleepy pigs, rare
ostriches and also some huge pumpkins! Many were left amazed by
Pawlu Muscat's show. Muscat closed himself in a glass room with
thousands of bees. The bees, attracted to their queen bee,
congregated on his chest and neck and formed what looked like a
beard. Click here
for lots of photos.
celebrates feast of Corpus Christi [22/06/03]
Nadur Parish celebrated the
feast of Corpus Christi (the body of Christ) on Sunday. The feast is
celebrated 60 days after Easter. Following the 0830 CET Mass,
Archpriest Mgr Saviour Muscat went round Nadur's main streets
carrying the Holy Eucharist. Many locals participated in the
procession, while young children carpeted the streets with flowers
as a sign of respect and reverence to the Holy Eucharist. The Mnarja
Band accompanied the procession. Click here
fair opens with traditional Maltese evening
year's Agricultural Fair opened on Saturday evening with a
folkloristic show. A number of tourists intermingled with a crowd of
Nadurin and enjoyed the traditional Maltese song (ghana), the
Folk Group Mnarja and numerous entertainers, including Tony
Camilleri (l-ghannej). Numerous local farmers are also
exhibiting their juiciest, biggest and most colourful crops,
while local artists are taking the opportunity to promote their
work. Animals and pets will go on show on Sunday morning. The fair
is organised annually by the Nadur Local Council. Click here
back with Floriana FC
striker Edoardo Do Nascimento (Bizu) returned to Floriana FC after
signing a three-year contract. This was announced by the Greens in a
press conference held on Saturday. Bizu joined Nadur
Youngsters last January and played a pivotal role in the
whites' memorable season, during which the Nadur squad won the
championship, the Jum il-Helsien Cup, the Noel Vassallo Cup and the
GFA Super Cup. The Gozo Football Association handed Bizu Gozo's
best foreign player award for his superb performance in white.
enjoy first day of Mnarja activities
of children were left thrilled with a special Mini & Griz
show at Nadur's pjazzetta on Thursday. The popular TV puppets
were the special guests at this year's Children Day. Nadur's Drama
School and the young students who attend the Franciscan School were
also amongst the performers. Clowns, face-painters and a mega
bouncing castle transformed Nadur's pjazzetta into a mini
leisure park! Meanwhile the novena Mass was also dedicated to
children. Fr Michael Said led the Mass with the participation of the
MUSEUM choirs. Click here
Observatory predicts sunny, hot Mnarja
on june29th.com, Naduri Joe Meilak - owner of the Nadur Weather
Observatory - says the
long-range forecast indicates that the current sunny and hot weather
will continue through the end of June. The winds are expected to be
light, mostly from the NW. Maximum temperatures should range from 31
degrees C to 34 degrees C. Thus, weatherwise, it looks like we're in
for a great Mnarja. Click here
to read a very interesting comparative analysis on weather
conditions in Mnarja week during the past years.
pack Church to hail statue
people of Nadur enthusiastically hailed the statue of St Peter and
St Paul on Tuesday, marking the first day of a whole week of
celebrations in honour of Nadur's two patron saints. The titular
statue was taken out of its niche following a special co-celebration
led by Archpriest Saviour Muscat. A young Nadur girl, Jahel Muscat -
winner of this year's Premju Qalb Generuza (generous heart
award) - symbolically opened the celebrations. The Mnarja Band, then,
started its official Mnarja services with a march from Agius de
Soldanis Street to the Band Club. The novena starts on
Wednesday. Click here
committee for Nadur Youngsters [17/06/03]
Youngsters FC held its Annual General Meeting on Monday. Joe
Camilleri, Joe Portelli, Sammy Buttigieg, Rupert Grech, Paul Meilak,
Charlie Grech, Damian Said and Robert Borg were elected to form the
new committee for the season 2003/2004. President Joseph Portelli
tendered his resignation. GFA President Joe Cordina and GFA
Secretary Alvin Grech, who were both present for the Youngsters' AGM,
congratulated the whites for a memorable season. The Youngsters'
members unanimously thanked outgoing President Joseph Portelli and
Club Manager Chris Said for their vital contribution during the past
seasons. Club designations will be assigned during the first
committee meeting in the coming days.
Day celebrations in Gozo [17/06/03]
friends at the Maltese Canadian Association (Gozo Branch) are urging
all returned Canada-migrants to participate in the annual Canada Day
celebrations in Gozo. A commemorative activity will take place on
Tuesday, July 1st, in front of the Emigrants' Monument at Mgarr
Harbour. A special evening will then be held at Palazzo Palina, Ta'
Cenc Hotel, on the same day. Special Canadian songs will be sung by The
Entertainers and by Canadian-born local singer Karen Polidano.
to book a table.
win first ever U/21 Championship [15/06/03]
Youngsters won its first ever Under 21 Gozo Championship
on Sunday. The Nadur squad was awarded the championship trophy after
a 3-0 victory over Zebbug Rovers at the Gozo Stadium.
Anthony Portelli and Kevin Buttigieg put the whites on the lead in the first half
while Joseph Portelli Cauchi wrapped up the victory in
the second half. Special congratulations to Nadur-striker
Anthony Portelli who claimed this year's Under 21 GFA Player of the
Year Award. It will surely be a season to remember for Nadur Youngsters
FC, with almost all its nursery squads (Under 14, Under 16 and
Under 21) winning the Gozo Championship.
Holy Communion Day
for 46 children [15/06/03]
was a very special Sunday for
46 children from Nadur, 25 boys and 21 girls, who received their
First Holy Communion. The excited and happy children left the MUSEUM
(boys) centre at around 0845 CET and walked to Nadur's Basilica, all
wearing their white Holy Communion dress. The Mnarja Band performed
a set of marches on the way, creating a festive atmosphere all over.
The Sacrament was administered during the 0930 CET Mass. A group of
children read special prayers during the Mass, while many Nadurin
flocked the Church to share the children's happiness. Click here
Nadur children receive Holy Confirmation [14/06/03]
children from Nadur, 24 boys and 22 girls, received their Holy
Confirmation on Saturday. The sacrament gives the Holy Ghost to
those already baptized in order to make them strong and perfect
Christians. Gozo Bishop Nicholas Cauchi administered the sacrament.
his sermon, Bishop Cauchi reminded the 46 Form 1 students that they
have now become mature Christians and should lead a responsible life.
Meanwhile, more Nadur children will receive their First Holy
Communion on Sunday. Radju
Luminaria is streaming live all Church celebrations.
AGM on Monday [11/06/03]
Youngsters FC will be holding its Annual General Meeting
next Monday at the Club premises. All Nadur Youngsters FC members
are being urged to be at the Club at 2000 CET for this important
meeting. Following a successful season, during which the Nadur squad
claimed its seventh Gozo Championship, the Freedom Cup, the Noel
Vassallo Cup and the Super Cup, the whites must now get ready to
face another challenging season. Club committee members must be
elected in the AGM to serve for season 2003/04.
kick-off at Dahlet Qorrot [10/06/03]
nights at Dahlet Qorrot kick off next Friday, June 13th, with a
special pre-feast disco organised by the Ghaqda Zghazagh 29 ta'
Gunju. DJ Jay Cee together with other local DJs will be
there to get the beat going. It all starts at 2100 CET and entrance
is obviously free! So, why stay home? Join the crowd at Dahlet
Qorrot and dance under a full moon! All proceedings will go for this
year's marc tal-hdax, which promises to be very special
Luminaria live all day long on the internet [05/06/03]
radio station, Radju
Luminaria, is now being streamed live on the internet all
day long with the new Mnarja schedule. From wherever you are in the
world, you can join in the fun! The daily programs start at 0700 CET
and wrap up twelve hours later. There's also some good music all
night long. All Mnarja activities, including all
Church-celebrations, the Mnarja Folk Evening, the Mnarja Band
Concert, the children's activity and the Corkskrew Concert will be
streamed live as well! Visit our special Mnarja
feature to get to know what's on in Nadur.
Parish marks special anniversaries
Nadur Parish is marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Pope
Leo XIII, who died on July 20th 1903, and also the 25th anniversary
of the death of Pope Paul VI, which took place on August 6th 1978.
The Nadur Church was granted the status of Collegiate by Pope Leo
XIII and of Minor Basilica by Pope Paul VI. Two golden halos are being added to St Peter and St Paul’s titular statue to mark both
these anniversaries. Pope John Paul II blessed the two halos last
Wednesday at a special Papal audience in St Peter’s Square. The
Nadur delegation was made up of Archpriest Saviour Muscat, Mgr
Saviour Pace and Fr Dominic Camilleri. The Rome-visit was made
possible thanks to Malta’s Ambassador to the Vatican City Dr Jimmy
Farrugia, Mgr Alfred Xuereb and Naduri Mgr Joseph Attard. Click here
to read all about it.
Marian manifestation at MUSEUM branch
The annual Marian
manifestation has recently been held at the MUSEUM (boys) branch.
The manifestation started with a procession from the Church to the
MUSEUM football ground. Both the MUSEUM (boys) and MUSEUM (girls)
choirs sang Marian hymns. Ten-year-old Joseph Attard delivered this
year’s Marian sermon, while Luke Xuereb praised the Mother of God
with a special poem. A boy and a girl from each class, together with
an adult and a parent, laid a bouquet of flowers in front of the
statue of the Holy Mary. As has been the tradition, the boys who won
this year's Nimxu Id f’Id quiz crowned the statue of the
Holy Mary. Click here
end great season on a low
Youngsters wrapped up a great season on a low note on Sunday.
The Youngsters lost the GFA Cup final for the second consecutive
Ghajnsielem FC went on the lead on the 8th minute with Tarik Belhaj. Enjoying a numerical superiority after Edoardo do Nascimento
(Bizu) was shown the red card, the blacks doubled
the score with Dione Lautier on the 15th minute. Anthony Portelli bridged the
gap early in the second half with a penalty shot. However, twenty
minutes later, Aloysius Ihebulu re-increased the blacks' lead. Just
before the final whistle, Anthony Portelli made the final score 3-2.
Besides playing almost all the game in ten, the whites were also
without three pivotal players, Immanuel Muscat, Chris Camilleri and
Mark Buttigieg, who were all on the red-list.
Ghajnsielem FC's second honour won this season, following the
Independence Cup last September. On the other hand, the Youngsters
Gozo Championship, the Freedom Cup, the Noel Vassallo
Cup and the Super Cup. It's now time for a well-deserved break for
editor: Pierre J. Mejlak