Maltese Culture


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Maltese Culture

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