I’ve always been fascinated about the interesting facts connected with a certain thing. The history and the things that once took place always take my attention, and I simply enjoy learning what once happened, and what it brought with it. It is a fact that Malta has a rich history, and with that comes many stories, facts and legends about Malta.
Facts and Legends about Malta
The origins of the name: Harbour or Honey?
People are not sure about the origins of the name of this piece of land. Some think that it comes from the Phoenician word “malat”, meaning “safe harbor”. But for centuries the island was called Melita, for which is believed that comes from the Greek word “melite”, meaning “honey”. For Gozo, on the other hand, is believed that has its origins from the Greek word “gaudos”, which is also the Phoenician word for small boat.
Every city or village in Malta has its own protector, for which they celebrate, generally the whole weekend. A festa is usually taking place on Saturdays, with a religious parade, with a sculpture of the saint carried through the city, or the village. The streets are decorated, everyone is included, everyone is cheered up, and there are a lot of fireworks, especially in the summer days.
The Shipwreck of St Paul
60 years AD happened one of the most significant events happened for the Maltese people, and the whole island. Somewhere in the area now known as St Paul’s Bay, St Paul and St Luke were shipwrecked. St Paul spend the winter days in a cave in Rabat, which you can visit it this days if you want, where he reached the new religion, Christianity. One of the first converts to this religion, was the “headman” of the island, Publius, who was named the island’s first bishop.
The famous George Cross
Because of the bravery of the Maltese people, and their sacrifice during the World War II, the whole island was awarded the highest honor from Britain, the George Cross. It is very popular here, and it can be seen on the national flag of the country.
The colorful balconies
In the 18th century, men were big gentlemen and they wanted to give privacy to their wives and daughters, while they are watching the daily life on the streets. That’s why many buildings were decorated with gallarija, the name for the wooden balconies.
Here are five facts and legends about Malta. Hope you find it amusing. If you have anything interesting to add feel free to leave your comment below. Read more on The Bohemian Style.