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Twinning with Gerano
GHARB LOCAL COUNCIL PARTICIPATES IN INFIORATA HELD IN GERANO, ITALY In May 2004, Gerano, Gharb Local Council's twinned Italian counterpart has been celebrating the 275th Anniversary of the 'Madonna del Cuore'. In this occasion the Feast Committee amongst other initiatives has thought of organising a special infiorata. Gerano is famous for its Infiorata and is one of the oldest localities in Italy to hold this annual event. Usually the Infiorata or better a marvellous carpet made up of fresh flower petals forming various frames each symbolizing a different theme is held during the eve of the village feast dedicated to the 'Madonna del Cuore'. This year on the night between the 8th and 9th May a special edition of the Infiorata has been held in the occasion of the 275th Anniversary where seven different localities, 6 from Italy and Gharb have been invited to do one of the frames of the Infiorata. For this reason a delegation from Gharb led by the Mayor Mr David Apap accompanied also by the Deputy Mayor Raymond Cassar and Councillor Sam Cefai visited Gerano to participate in this special event. Gharb's Infiorata design was prepared by local artist Ruben Camilleri Cauchi who was also the leader of the flower makers. This unique experience has given the opportunity to all participants to learn the different techniques used in the preparation of the Infiorata in other localities. In Gharb the Infiorata has been held for the first time in the Maltese Islands in the occasion of Gharb's village feast in July 2003 and the idea is to repeat this event each year in occasion of the feast. During the stay in Italy the Gharb group had to opportunity to integrate with the cultures and traditions of people living in small Italian mountainous villages as well visit places of cultural and religious interest such as Padre Pio, the Vatican, Rome and Tivoli amongst others.
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