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Discover our HQ in the Heart of the Mediterranean

7 months ago by Andrea Amato

​Castille Resources and Malta

Castille continues to extend its footprint, going from three country branches to a Malta Head Office and teams in 14 countries and counting. Its diversity and growth led the organisation to offer more than localised, speciality services within technology and finance jobs in Malta.

Through its initiation of remote jobs and services in 2015, Castille is no longer contained within a small island, but now holds relationships with institutions worldwide.

We celebrate Castille’s growth with an ode to its roots below.

What is Malta’s linguistic situation like?

Malta recognises two official languages: English and Maltese.

The former was a result of British rule that reigned over 150 years, and this influence left more than the red telephone booths found around the island. Gaining its independence in 1964 and later its commemoration of uniting with the European Union (EU) in 2004, the Maltese holds the title as the only nationality to own a Semitic language with official status in the EU.

The language continues to evolve from its rich Sicilian-Arabic influence with borrowed lexis from Italian, French, and more recently English.

Is the cuisine as culturally diverse as the language?

Malta leads an eclectic culinary style with a predominant Sicilian flair.

Many kiosks offer what’s known as pastizzi, a palm-sized flaky pastry originally filled with mushy peas or ricotta. For the weekend beach trip, ħobż biż-żejt is a quick and delicious snack using local ingredients: Maltese bread (a treat in itself) rubbed with ripe tomatoes, and topped with tuna, capers, salt and pepper. Traditional main dishes include lampuki (fish) pie or rabbit stew. The Sicilian inspired desserts can be found in Maltese confectionaries (such as Busy Bee) where one can find kannoli, a fried pastry with ricotta filling. The plentiful variety of foods adds to the cultural bounty of the Maltese islands.

What about traditions and cultural affairs?

Malta displays an honorary outlook towards the Roman Catholic faith.

Feasts and other events praising the achievements of saints are commonly held throughout the year; celebrated by great band processions which travel across towns, as well as the occurrence of quieter and more peaceful church ceremonies. Other feasts include Carnival, where locals determinedly prepare decorated floats to feature in the capital city, Valletta, alongside a wave of inhabitants dressed in costume. Typically, at the end of April, Malta lights up in its International Fireworks Festival; a meticulously organised event that presents a striking display of colours and shapes into the sky. Whichever event you choose to attend, you will undoubtedly be met by many others looking to celebrate harmoniously together.

This article is from the Castille Quarterly Newsletter | December 2020.