PRESS RELEASE BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER: Speaker of the House of Representatives receives delegates of the Annual Congress of the European Federation Of Carnival Cities

Speaker of the House of Representatives Anglu Farrugia welcomed delegates to the Annual Congress of the European Federation of Carnival Cities in the Parliament of Malta. The delegates were led by President of the European Federation of Carnival Cities Mr van der Kroon, as well as Mayor of Valletta Dr Alexei Dingli and Chairperson, Malta Arts Council Mr Albert Marshall.

In his speech, the Speaker said that when we celebrate cultures and traditions of peoples and nations, we are also celebrating humanity and civilization, that is, a human society that has attained an advanced state of social development. He outlined the basic elements that constitute a nation; these being language, culture, custom, folklore, religion, geography, the state and politics, education, the environment, and history. The interaction amongst people has led to economic and social progress. He remarked that history has shown that hegemonic concepts lead to bloodshed. Being open and friendly to others in behaviour leads to collaboration and the attainment of common objectives for the benefit of mankind.

Carnival festivities bring people together, whose paths are enlightened by the holy, smiling star, which features prominently in the official logo of the FECC � the European Federation of Carnival Cities. He recalled that the project of European integration seeks to ensure a long-standing peace amongst European people and nations. He augured that all people live peacefully and succeed in their endeavours to attain better standards of living.

Source: Government of Malta