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The Feast of The Shipwrecking of St. Paul in Malta

Everybody knows that Malta has the most number of public holidays or feast days than any other country in the European Union. If you would like enjoy cheap holidays to Malta and would want to maximize your trip, then visiting Malta during one of their public holidays would be the best choice.

Let’s take a look at the month of February in Malta. That’s because during this month,the residents commemorate the month of St. Paul the Apostle, of Jesus Christ’s apostles in Christian religion. And the most special holiday in this month is the Feast of St. Paul’s shipwreck, a commemoration of that time period when, in line with the Bible, St. Paul’s vessel ran aground at St. Paul’s Bay in Malta.

In accordance with the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible, St. Paul was on board a Cretian ship bound for Rome. In the Acts, the ship was a freight vessel and St. Paul, along with St. Luke, just took a hitch. On the way to Rome, the ship ran into a storm in the middle of the Adriatic Sea. The ship was literally “tossed around” the sea for 14 long days and, naturally, the ship was in danger of breaking after prolonged exposure to the harsh elements of the storm. Without any protection or help, the ship was certainly doomed!

On the fourteenth day of the storm, sailors noticed an island hidden in a fog bank. They decided to drop anchor at a depth of 90 feet to prevent the ship from drifting into the sharp rocks. In the morning, the crew saw a nearby beachfront then decided to make a break for it. The apostles and the rest of the crew swam to the beach and, against all odds, survived and landed on what is now thought to be St. Paul’s Bay in Malta. Today, the big event is honored by a church christened St. Paul’s Shipwreck Church, which is situated in Valletta, Malta’s capital city.

As a custom, citizens of Malta celebrate St. Paul’s Shipwreck every 10th of February. This feast is very popular. The biggest celebration can be encountered, however, in Rabat and Valletta in the northernmost part of Malta. Here, the feast is celebrated with a parade in order of the Saint. St. Paul’s Shipwreck is celebrated with lots of noise, with marching bands and fireworks. Tourists and Maltese locals flock to these two places every year to witness the celebration.

If you have a tendency of studying world ethnicities, then visit Malta during the Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck. Click here for more details on cheap holidays deals and bring your household on a celebration they will never forget.

How a Day at the Beach Opened My Life for Happiness

A few months ago, I was working on a company project that promised better financial security for my family. Although it was a success, but it had cost me so much. Stress and tension filled every nook of my life. For most part of the project, I was constantly having mood swings and I would say I was very impossible to deal with. Furiously working on the project bought rewards, true, but that also meant that I didn’t have time for myself to enjoy the things I really do. However, my outlook of life changed while staying in one of the hotels in Benidorm for families near the Playa de Levante beach.

I found myself relaxing on a deserted beach all by myself. The beach was deserted, save for a few joggers. My serene space was interrupted by the sound of the joggers’ shoes grinding into the sun and the whispered conversations of other sunbathers lounging around. It was a great day to be lazing under the sun, but little did I know that that day has a lot of things in store for me.

My reverie was broken by a soft voice asking if the space beside me is taken. Looking up, the face that looked back down at me stole my breath away.

The face looking back down at me belonged to the most beautiful girl I ever saw. Her head was crowned with the most radiant golden blonde hair I’ve ever seen. She was only a little more than five feet tall. She wore a knitted light blue bikini that matched her equally blue eyes. But what sparked my interest the most is the sweetest smile that was thrown my way. It was so beautiful, with cute dimples adorning her slightly freckled cheeks, that it mesmerized me for what it seemed to be forever.

I managed to stutter a reply, telling her she can have the space. She gave me again that sweet smile and laid down her towel on the sand. For a few minutes, I could not talk. Taking the empty spot on the sand beside me is the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. Taking a glimpse at her, I tried to memorise her every line and curve.

Endeavoring to start a conversation with the mysterious girl, I asked, “So, are you here for a vacation?”

“Yes and no. It’s my last day of work in that hotel there,” she explained and pointed at another beach hotel. “Tomorrow, I’m leaving for Scotland.”

“Ah, so you’ll be working in Edinburgh?”

“I have no idea. I’ve never gone to the place. I don’t even have relations there. I just opened up the Internet one day and found a great opportunity there about climbing the mountains there, perhaps becoming a guide of some sort.”

I looked at her, utterly in disbelief over the girl’s courage at her young age. “So you just decided to load up? Edinburgh or Scotland is an unknown for you, I suppose?”

She smiled. “Not surprisingly. But do we really know anything” No, we don’t. Life is all about exploring and risking to find what makes you happy. Some day, I will leave this world just like anybody. And it would be such a waste of happiness if I let my fears and doubts cloud over something that could make me happy.?

I could hardly believe my ears. The girl, who was no greater than her early 20s, was extraordinarily intelligent. And what she said was correct; we’re so engrossed in worries and fears that we forget to be happy.

She excused herself before I could even get her name. That was the very last time I saw her, but she imparted in me a lesson of a satisfaction guaranteed life.