Malta Carnival 2020: A Bit of History and Some Fun Photos

A Stunningly Colourful Carnival FloatMalta’s carnival, Il-Karnival Ta’ Malta, takes place in February in the lead-up to Lent and is one of Europe’s oldest and most celebrated festivals. Jonathan has experienced many Mardi Gras festivals in the past, mainly in New Orleans, but for me, this was my first time.Costumes at Malta Carnival 2020It was fun, jam-packed, apparently a lot more family-focused than New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and loud! Very loud! And Malta’s favourite song, Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ (don’t ask me why, but it’s a Maltese favourite; visit Malta in the summer, and you’ll hear it everywhere) blared loudly and frequently through the city’s loudspeakers.Carnival FloatsHistory Of The Maltese CarnivalThe first Carnival celebrations in Malta can be traced back as far as the 1400s, but it wasn’t until the 1530s that the carnival reached its peak popularity.Colourful Characters At Malta CarnivalCarnival celebrations during the mid 16th century…

This is only a snippet of a Retirement Travel Article written by Words by Sarah Wilson – Photos by Jonathan Look Jr.

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