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Traditional Easter at Casa Antonia

Casa Antonia Nursing and Residential Home in Balzan has been gearing up for the annual traditional Holy Week and Easter festivities. A lot has been happening, and residents were kept active with new activities every week.

Casa Antonia Nursing and Residential Home in Balzan has been gearing up for the annual traditional Holy Week and Easter festivities.  A lot has been happening, and residents were kept active with new activities every week.

Marking the beginning of springtime, it started with the preparations of Easter crafts and the baking of traditional figolli for which even residents gave a helping hand.

Activities reached their climax this week for Holy Week. Paul Tanti, an employee who is an enthusiast of Holy Week artefacts, meticulously worked on a set of ten ‘symbols relating the passion of Christ which he displayed in the lounge area.  While another employee, Paul Farrugia, brought over a set of miniature holy week statues called ‘vari tal-Ġimgħa l-Kbira’, owned by his father Frankie Farrugia.

Balzan’s St Gabriel’s Band Club held the traditional Palm Sunday procession with branches, animals and re-enactors in the home’s parking area. The residents were also entertained by the Balzan Ladies Choir.

The chapel which was open to the public also included the Holy Sepulchre.

This was followed by the Easter Triduum on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday ceremonies, and the festivities will take a livelier turn on Easter Monday when the residents will be hosted to a special lunch celebration complete with a lamb choice, chocolates, an Easter gift for each resident, and live music.

“At Casa Antonia we love to celebrate all special occasions. Easter is a unique celebration and our residents love and appreciate the homely feeling we create,” said Dr Sarah Cassar, general manager at Casa Antonia. “This is also one of the reasons why Casa Antonia, a home surrounded by beautiful gardens, has established itself as one of the top nursing and residential care homes in Malta.”

For enquiries at Casa Antonia, one can call on 2149 6277 or send an email to info@casa-antonia.com.mt