Article of Lorena W. and Magdalena L.
Birkirkara Police Station
The Police Force of Malta is the police of the Republic of Malta. It is one of the oldest police forces in Europe. At present it owns 1732 police and 106 civil spot. The duties of the police are set out in the Criminal Code and the Police Law. The police are responsible for the public order and security on the islands Malta, Gozo and Comino. The first police unit on the island was founded on 12 July 1814 by Sir Thomas Maitland, the later governor of the island.
Pastizzi Tasting: discovering Maltese food and traditions
The Maltese cuisine is one of the Mediterranean kitchens and was clearly influenced by the English and Italian cuisine. A pastizz is a traditional and well-known savory pastry from Malta. Normally it has a filling of ricotta or pea puree.
Also one most famous traditional food is ‘hobz biz-zejt’, this is a round bread dipped in olive oil, rubbed with tomatoes and filled with a mix of tuna, onions, garlic, tomatoes and capers. Another traditional food is ‘Helwa tat-Tork’, a sweet sugary mixture of crushed and whole almonds.
The Maltese traditions are represented strongly in the rural regions and in the religion. They are still integrated into everyday life. This becomes especially clear during the ‘patron saint festivals’. The celebration of the local patron saint was first introduced over five centuries ago and is still celebrated.
Birkirkara and Maltese culture
On the 31st of March the Day of Freedom is celebrated, on the 1st of May the Labor Day, on the 21st of September the Independence Day and on the 13th of December the Republic Day. An agricultural fair also takes place once a year.
There are also the following cultural events.
- Maltese carnival
- A one-day music festival in Fosos Square in Floriana, since 2007.
- Santa Marjia
- Individual Villages Festas
- Holy Week
- Malta Firework Festival
- Notte Bianca
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