EVENTS: Scheduled activities for November

During the month of November, Wirt iż-Żejtun will be concluding this year’s activities which focused on the commemoration of the 400th year anniversary of the last Ottoman raid on Malta which happened on the 6th July 1614.

On Sunday 2nd November an open invitation is made to English speaking residents for a tour which will takes us along the trail of the Ottoman incursion.  The trail will start from the Old Parish Church of St Catherine at 9:00am and ends at St Clement’s Chapel.  Along this trail we will follow up the footsteps of the Ottoman soldiers up to the place where they were defeated by the local militia and the Order’s Cavalry. We will be visiting the Old Parish Church of St Catherine, the Church dedicated to Our Saviour and St. Clement’s Chapel.  We will be walking through the narrow and serpentine streets of Bisqallin or ir-Raħal t’Isfel.Poster1_English

On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November at 7:30pm, Wirt iż-Żejtun together with the Juventutis Domus Sacra Familia will be presenting the production “Imħabba fit-Taqbida”.  This drama, written and directed by Joseph Agius, takes the form of a fictitious love story occurring in the early 17th century and specifically when the historical event of the Turkish raid of 1614 took place.  Most of the characters included in this story refer to real persons who lived at that time and were the key persons who defeated the Turks during their razzia.  This production will be held at the theatre of the Juventutis Domus from where one can book his tickets.  Dramm Poster

The year’s events will close off on Sunday 23rd November with the celebration of mass at 9:00am at the Parish Church of St Catherine with the participation of the local social organisations including the Zejtun Group of the Boys Scouts and Girl Guides.  A corteo will follow, ending up at St Clement’s Chapel with a short commemoration of Clement Tabone, the local hero who lead the Zejtun Militia against the Turkish incursion.Figure 5 Portrait of Clemente Tabone (Photo by author)

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