Il-Ħarġa

First public appearance by a bride, when after a week at her parent’s house after the wedding, she finally departs for her new home accompanied by her spouse, family and guests.

 

Saqqi oħti u baqqi, lil dak il-ħabaq għadsi.

Proverb: ‘my sister, take care and water that basil’

This proverb was common in the past, when a young woman was available for marriage, instead of waiting for the match maker (il-ħotba), she used to put a pot with basil on the windowsill to indicate her availability, which she would continue to cultivate and maintain until someone declared his interest.