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WHO!ARE!WE!and!WHERE!DO!WE!COME!FROM!?!

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POLAND – CZĘSTOCHOWA MALTA – SIGGIEWI TURKEY – GAZIANTEP ! BULGARIA – ПАЗАРДЖИК CROATIA – STRAHONINEC ITALY - NOICATTARO! !

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WHAT!IS!THE!PROJECT!ABOUT?!

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During!our!work!on!the!project!! we!celebrated!many!festivals!together!! and!shared!lots!of!wonderful!moments!and!events!ď Š!

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To get to know our partners better we decided to organise a flash meeting

Video-conference! It took place on Monday 12th November at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. First we were a little nervous because we had never done anything like that before but as soon as children saw each other and heard their voices the tension disappeared and came to be replaced by joy and curiosity and the atmosphere started to be very pleasant. We sang songs to each other, introduced ourselves as well as asked each other questions. All the children laughed and enjoyed this experience a lot. Video conferencing is a very effective tool as it enhances distance learning. It was indeed a great experience as the children could interact face-to-face with the partners. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !


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In Poland 4 weeks before Christmas we start Advent time (Advent is a Latin word meaning "waiting / preparing" (for Jesus' birth)or "coming"). There are special Masses at churches called "Roraty". They are held either early in the morning or in the evening when it's already dark. Children come to church with special lanterns.

There are also wreaths with 4 candles (one for each of 4 Advent Sundays) in churches and some houses.

And on 6th December Santa Claus comes to Polish children (and not only). Traditionally He comes at night and puts the presents under pillows. He brings the presents which children asked for in their letters (written several days before and left on a window sill:) So in Poland we are now waiting for St Nicholas' Day and we all try to be very good and behave well.


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We!had!fun!preparing!and!receiving!Christmas!cards:!


CARNIVAL It turned out that children in all our countries dress up for school parties as Supermen, Spidermen, knights, soldiers, kings, princesses, models, witches, fairies etc. We play similar games, listen and dance to the same music (e.g. „Gangnam Style“ )

TURKEY

BULGARIA

POLAND


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MALTA


EASTER MALTA:

Easter is the most important feast in the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Easter is celebrated in every Christian country. It reminds us of Christ's Resurrection. Maltese people look forward to Easter with great enthusiasm. Easter brings various traditions back to life. Easter is a feast which joins the Maltese as one large united family with young and old sharing in its fun and celebrations. Lent and Ash Wednesday This year the first day of Lent began on the 5th of March. This day is known as Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time of penance and sacrifices. On Ash Wednesday, adults fast and abstain from meat. During Mass, a priest puts ashes on the faithful's head as a reminder that our bodies will someday turn to ashes. On Wednesdays and Fridays, adults do not eat meat and children do not eat sweets. In olden days people turned their cooking pots upside down as a sign of fasting. Spiritual Exercises Jesuits started Spiritual Exercises in Malta in the 17th century. People gather in churches to listen to short sermons done by well-prepared priests. Maltese people remind the faithful of God's great love for each one of them. It is a tradition to have sermons for every category of people say: married couples, youth and unmarried people. Children have their own Spiritual exercises in schools. They usually end up with confessions and Holy Mass.


Traditional Lent Food Like other feasts, Easter has its own traditional food. The "kwarezimal" is very common during Lent. It is made up of almonds, milk, flour, black honey and spices. It does not include eggs. When ready the "kwarezimal" is cut into oblong shapes and put on sale. In fact this is a very common sweet in confectionaries during this time of year. Though the "kwarezimal" is a kind of almond cake, it does not interfere with fasting regulations. The "Sfineg" In olden days, Maltese people ate a special kind of bread during Lent. This bread was known as ''sfineg '', which were flat and circular loaves of bread. The ''sfineg'' were made from flour and meal flower mixed together. Then the bread was coated with honey and fried in oil. Sometimes, Maltese women filled the ''sfineg'' with spinach, salted anchovies and olives and rolled them into a kind of swiss roll. The ''sfineg'' were taken with a cup of tea or coffee while a member of the family read a passage from the Bible about Christ's Passion. The "Karamelli" Another traditional Maltese food or sweets are the ''karamelli''. In olden days these sweets were made from carob. Today they are still very popular but nowadays they are made from sugar. Sugar is poured in a pot and stirred continuously until it is hot. When the mixture has dissolved and turned black, it is poured on a piece of metal, glass or marble and cut into small squares. Once ready they are wrapped in grease-proof paper to avoid becoming sticky. Usually hawkers stay in corners and sell the ''karamelli'' both to young and old who enjoy eating them. Cross Buns Cross buns are very popular in Malta. These are similar to the English cross buns, usually small buns coated with honey. On top of the cross buns is a cross made from icing sugar. The cross is a reminder of Christ's Cross. Children love cross buns but Maltese buns are never really hot!

Statues As Good Friday approaches we find various statues in our churches. Statues describe all that Jesus went through on his way to the Calvary. Statues are decorated with flowers and lighted bulbs. During Good Friday processions the statues are carried around in various villages.


Our Lady of Sorrows A very popular feast in the Maltese islands is that of our Lady of Sorrows. Every church has a statue of Our Lady. As every man often faces pain and suffering throughout his life, Malta has chosen Mary, the Mother of God under the title ''Our Lady of Sorrows'' to intercede for him during those difficult times. A procession is held on the Friday before Palm Sunday in honor of the ''Lady". One can see many people praying with devotion along the streets of his town or village. Hymns are sung and the Rosary is said on the way. People walk barefooted behind the statue as sign of sacrifice and thanksgiving for having received a special grace. Good Friday Good Friday is a Holy Day in the life of us Catholics. Today we remember God's great Love for us when He sent His only Son to suffer and die for our salvation. On this day we fast and make sacrifices. A special Mass is celebrated in all churches around the island. This is held at 3pm, the time when Jesus died. After Mass there is a procession with marvelous statues and adults and children wearing costumes. Many tourists from all over the world visit our island at this time of year to see our famous processions.

Easter Sunday "Hurray! It's Easter Sunday," little children usually exclaim on Easter morning. This is a special day for everyone. Children eat "figolli" and Easter eggs. For lunch mum usually cooks a lamb to remind us of the Paschal Lamb - Jesus who died for us and rose up from the grave. In some Maltese villages, an Easter pageant with the statue of the Risen Lord is held. Children also take part in these processions. In some villages, this procession is held early in the morning at around 8o'clock. This is done to remind us that Jesus rose up from the death in the morning. In other villages this procession is held in the evening. At the end of these famous processions, men who are carrying the statue on their shoulders, usually run the steps leading to the Church as a reminder of Christ's Resurrection.


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SPRING PHOTO COMPETITION We could admire and show the beauty of Maltese and Polish spring landscapes  THE BEST SPRING PHOTOS:


SOME OF THE TOOLS USED IN THE PROJECT: Animoto Smilebox Glogster Mindmo Photobucket Voki PictureTrail Xat TripAdvisor Prezi Issuu Vimeo YouTube Jux and some others to find on our TwinSpace ď Š


Special thanks to all the partners - teachers and students who made our cooperation a great and wonderful adventure and an unforgettable experience ď Š

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