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Well the description\'s pretty much in the title, esse. This presentation takes a brief, very brief, look at some aspects of Maltese culture.

Well the description\'s pretty much in the title, esse. This presentation takes a brief, very brief, look at some aspects of Maltese culture.

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  • 1. Maltese Culture / Kultura Maltija
    By Douglas Fenech / Minn Douglas Fenech
  • 2. What we’re going to be looking atX’aħna se nkunu qed naraw
  • 3. You’re Here
    Where we’re at and what we’re aboutFejn aħna u x’aħna
    That’s Malta
  • 4. Malta’s an archipelago island.
    Malta, Gozo and Comino are the main three islands.
    There’s another 17 uninhabited islands.
    It’s 300km² and is one of the most densly populated nations in the world.
    That’s Malta up close
  • 5. Malta became independent in 1964.
    Republic in 1974.
    And then joined the EU in 2004.
    We like the number 4.
  • 6. We drive on the left side as we adopted the English high-way code since they occupied the nation before.
    Driving in Malta is chaotic.
    This is a police car.
  • 7. Our electriciy is 240 volts, 50Hz.
    And we use the much sexier three-pin square plug system.
    Check that baby out.
  • 8. Religion in MaltaIr-Reliġjon f’Malta
  • 9. Religion is pretty big in Malta.
    There’s around 360 churches.
    About 90% of the population is Catholic and a little over 50% attend Sunday mass.
    It infuences the political system.
    However, the younger generation is becoming less interested with religion.
  • 10. Maltese and abortionIl-Maltin u l’abbort
  • 11. It’s illegal to have an abortion in Malta.
    The whole country is pretty much against it.
    Images like this are shown in secondary school to intimidate/prevent adolescents from having sex and risk pregnancy.
    Thankfully again, ideas are slowly changing and although the law is nowhere near being turned people are more aware of both sides now.
  • 12. Racism in MaltaIr-razziżżmu f’Malta
  • 13. Illegal immigration is contributing towards further racism in Malta.
    Everyday boats full of assylum seekers arrive in Malta.
    The island is having serious trouble with coping with the huge numbers of people coming in.
    In turn Johnny Public is getting angry and filling with racist rage.
  • 14. A lot of that anger is caused by this guy here.
    His name is Norman Lowell and he’s an extreme right-wing leader.
    He plays on people’s fears and just adds further fuel to the fire.
    Leaders like him are growing in popularity all over Europe.
    However, there’s a lot of people out there fighting the fight against racism.
  • 15. Politics in MaltaIl-politikaf’Malta
  • 16. Malta Labour Party mass meeting.
  • 17. PartitNazzjonalista mass meeting.
  • 18. AlternattivaDemokrattika mass meeting.
  • 19. Maltese FeastsFesti Maltin
  • 20. Throughout the summer every town has its own local feast.
    It’s a time for people to meet up, drink ridiculously and celebrate their patron saint.
    The feasts can last a week long and are filled with fireworks, Maltese food and music.
  • 21. On the actual day of the feast some chosen members carry the statue of the patron saint on their shoulders throughout the village.
    They’re accompanied by a brass band.
  • 22. That’s the brass band right there
  • 23. The Maltese Nougat, along with other healthily challenged foods like ice-cream, granita and cotton candy, are among the types of sweets you generally find at a feast.
  • 24. When it comes to fireworks Malta really is the shizzle.
    A lot of money is invested into creating the best fireworks displays.
    An element of pride exists.
    Dutch and English people out there: TAKE NOTE!
  • 25. The talent of the Maltese seemingly has no ends (at least when it comes to fireworks that is) as we also do ground fireworks.
    In Malta we call them ‘Ċiċċifogu’.
    These are set off after the air fireworks show is finished.
    It may look chaotic and scary but those people are literally only a few feet away from it all.
  • 26. Maltese FoodIkel Malti
  • 27. This is ‘timpana’ which is basically pastry-covered backed macoroni.
    It’s baked macoroni tossed in a tomato sauce with some mince meat and often hard-boiled eggs.
    We also like to grate some cheese on that mother.
  • 28. A really rather cute bunny.
    Perfect for eating.
  • 29. That’s more like it.
    We eat a lot of rabbit in Malta.
    Rabbit is ‘fenek’ in Maltese.
    It’s mostly either stewed or fried in garlic.
  • 30. Laħam taż-żiemel.
    Horse meat is also a local favourite.
    It tastes bloody good but you can’t have too much of it as it raises the blood pressure.
  • 31. Quite simply the best bread you’ll ever lay your pretty, pink tongues on.
  • 32. Coke’s for squares.
    Maltese people drink Kinnie and you should too.
    It’s got a bitter-sweet orange taste.
  • 33. University in MaltaL-Universitaf’Malta
  • 34. Undergraduate courses are free for all Maltese and EU nationals.
    Maltese people even receive a monthly stipend.
    The University is known to have the strictest grade requirements in Europe.
    It’s been around since 1592.
  • 35. Maltese Carnival Karnival Malti
  • 36. Rio de Janeiro samba what!?
    Malta is where it’s at, baby.
    The carnival takes place in February and the people that make these floats spend all year doing so.
    Really, they do.
    The carnival’s been around for five centuries and offers the chance for people to dress up, act silly and again get ridiculously drunk.
  • 37. The party sceneEjja ħa nixxalaw
  • 38. The Maltese love to party.
    Paċeville is the number one hotspot for parties.
    You’ll find absolutely everything and anything there (apart from what you won’t).
  • 39. We also have those money guzzling establishments which promise the opportunity of paradise but more often than not leave you ridiculously drunk, moneyless and asking God ‘Why? Whyyyyyyyy?’.
    Foreigners can be 18 to enter our casinos but Maltese people have to be 25 or over.
  • 40. Maltese and homosexualityOmosesswalità u l-Maltin
  • 41. Only kidding!
    Malta isn’t Iran.
    Is this what typifies a sick joke or is it merely raising awareness?
  • 42. Homosexuals are treated with similar unjust as other Western countries.
    They can vote and work but they certainly can’t get married or adopt children.
    That would just be crazy.
    Ideology towards homosexuality is thankfully slowly changing however.
    There’s a big gay scene in Malta.
  • 43. Maltese busesIx-xarabankMalti
  • 44. That’s what the inside of a lot of Maltese buses looks like.
    They’re changing now due to EU laws.
    The buses were generally bought from England which no longer used them.
  • 45. Be warned: Attempting to give a bus driver a €10 note can result in in the bus driver and bus instantly shooting into flames.
  • 46. Book your holiday now and be as happy as these guysIbbukkja issa!
  • 47. Ryanair, Easyjet and any other airline worth its salt flies to Malta.
    It’s cheap, hot and full of fun.
    So do yourself a favour and make the best decision you’ll ever make – book a holiday to Malta now!
  • 48. Thanks for not leavingNirringrazzjakom talli ma tlaqtux