Christmas in Malta is known as "Il-Milied" and is celebrated on December 25th. In December, the image of Maltese cities and villages rapidly changes. Countless festive lights illuminate streets and show window Christmas nativity scenes appear as well. The holiday season is one of the best times to visit Malta and celebrate Christmas while not being wrapped up in tones of warm clothes. There, the temperature in winter ranges from 50 to 77 °F (10 to 25 °C).
Most Maltese are zealous Catholics, so the mandatory program of Christmas holidays for the majority of them includes a solemn mass in one of the main temples of Malta, which lasts all night. The main event is held in the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John in the capital of Malta. The center for the more secular entertainment, such as evening promenades, shopping, and dining out, is the main street of Republic in Valletta.
On Christmas Day, on some stages, for example, at Teatru Manoel, artists show performances dedicated to the traditional mystery, where children can learn the history of the birth of Christ. The Maltese people celebrate this day with family. They assemble in one house for lunch and stay there till evening. Christmas lunch in Malta traditionally consists of ''dundjan'' (turkey), "pudina tal-Milied" (Christmas pudding), and Qaghaq ta' l-Ghasel, a traditional Christmas dessert.
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