Celebrating the olive-picking season with Żejt iż-Żejtun

Żejt iż-Żejtun will be held in Żejtun during the evening of Saturday 29th and on Sunday 30th September 2018.

The event, organised by the Żejtun Local Council, will start on Saturday at around 7.30pm with the bandu (Banns or Proclamation) that will announce the event. A defilè of village folk and farmers on carts carrying the olive harvest for pressing will then parade along the streets of Żejtun.

An exhibition of agricultural tools, agricultural products and folk art will deck the village in traditional attire that will come alive in a celebration of colour, music, movement and food. Pride of place will, of course, be given to the olive tree. Maltese ftajjar and bread dressed in freshly pressed olive oil will be distributed for free tasting.

Olive trees and associated products will also be on sale. An audio-visual presentation will feature olive tree varieties and techniques for their proper cultivation.

The crypt of the Parish Church of St Catherine will be open for public viewing, as will the church belfries.

As explained to Newsbook.com.mt by Joseph Agius of the Għaqda Banda Żejtun, the Teatru Pandora projection room will also be open to the public and a short film will be shown.

On Sunday morning the Parish will organise the traditional blessing of horses, cattle and pets. This will take place after the planting of trees by children who would have, this year, received their Confirmation.

Żejtun holds the title of Città Beland, which was given to it by Grandmaster Ferdinand von Hompesch in 1797, Beland (Bylandt) being his mother’s surname. It takes its name from the Sicilian Arabic for olive – ‘zaytun’. The production and cultivation of olives was an important local industry by the 7th century.

Filming: Miguela Xuereb