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Photos of the week - Times of Malta

26 March-2 April 2015

From Holy Week commemorations in the run-up to Easter, to drama in the traditional regatta races, Times of Malta presents a selection of its photographers' choice of their best photos over the past days.

The traditional Our of Lady of Sorrows procession takes place in Valletta on March 27. Photo: Jason BorgThe traditional Our of Lady of Sorrows procession takes place in Valletta on March 27. Photo: Jason Borg

The traditional Our of Lady of Sorrows procession takes place in Valletta on March 27. Photo: Jason BorgThe traditional Our of Lady of Sorrows procession takes place in Valletta on March 27. Photo: Jason Borg

Archbishop Charles Scicluna (centre) leads the Our Lady of Sorrows procession in Valletta on March 27. Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona (right) was also present. Photo: Jason BorgArchbishop Charles Scicluna (centre) leads the Our Lady of Sorrows procession in Valletta on March 27. Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona (right) was also present. Photo: Jason Borg

A donkey accompanies Balzan residents dressed up in period costume to commemorate Palm Sunday on March 29. Photo: Jason BorgA donkey accompanies Balzan residents dressed up in period costume to commemorate Palm Sunday on March 29. Photo: Jason Borg

Balzan residents, young and old, dressed up in period costume to commemorate Palm Sunday on March 29. Photo: Jason BorgBalzan residents, young and old, dressed up in period costume to commemorate Palm Sunday on March 29. Photo: Jason Borg

A man in Roman period costume takes part in the Palm Sunday procession in Balzan on March 29. Photo: Jason BorgA man in Roman period costume takes part in the Palm Sunday procession in Balzan on March 29. Photo: Jason Borg

A man in Roman period costume takes part in the Palm Sunday procession in Balzan on March 29. Photo: Jason BorgA man in Roman period costume takes part in the Palm Sunday procession in Balzan on March 29. Photo: Jason Borg

People use a torch to read programme notes before the start of the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" at Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiPeople use a torch to read programme notes before the start of the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" at Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Audience members watch an actor portraying Jesus Christ (right) during the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAudience members watch an actor portraying Jesus Christ (right) during the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

An actor portraying Jesus Christ (centre) takes part in the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAn actor portraying Jesus Christ (centre) takes part in the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

An actor portraying Jesus Christ takes part in the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAn actor portraying Jesus Christ takes part in the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

An actor portraying the crucified Jesus Christ (centre) takes part in the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAn actor portraying the crucified Jesus Christ (centre) takes part in the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Actors portraying a scene from the crucifixion of Christ take part in the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiActors portraying a scene from the crucifixion of Christ take part in the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

An actor portraying the crucified Jesus Christ takes part in the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAn actor portraying the crucified Jesus Christ takes part in the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Actors portraying a scene from the crucifixion of Christ take part in the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiActors portraying a scene from the crucifixion of Christ take part in the interactive street-theatre performance of "Il-Mixja" in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos (right) shares a light moment with EASO Executive Director Robert Visser at the EASO - European Asylum Support Office in Valletta on March 26. Photo Matthew MirabelliEuropean Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos (right) shares a light moment with EASO Executive Director Robert Visser at the EASO - European Asylum Support Office in Valletta on March 26. Photo Matthew Mirabelli

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat (centre) welcomes the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk (left) outside his office at the Auberge de Castille in Valletta on March 30. They discussed the situation in Libya, immigration and ways to stabilise the region. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiMalta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat (centre) welcomes the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk (left) outside his office at the Auberge de Castille in Valletta on March 30. They discussed the situation in Libya, immigration and ways to stabilise the region. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil shares a light moment with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at the Freedom Day celebrations in Vittoriosa on March 31. Photo: Matthew MirabelliOpposition Leader Simon Busuttil shares a light moment with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at the Freedom Day celebrations in Vittoriosa on March 31. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca inspects the Guard of Honour before laying flowers on the Freedom Day Monument in Vittoriosa on March 31. Photo: Matthew MirabelliPresident of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca inspects the Guard of Honour before laying flowers on the Freedom Day Monument in Vittoriosa on March 31. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Tourists admire images made from salt, rice and couscous, depicting scenes related to Easter, at Domus in Cospicua on March 27. Photo: Chris Sant FournierTourists admire images made from salt, rice and couscous, depicting scenes related to Easter, at Domus in Cospicua on March 27. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

“I do,” Joanne Cassar, the transgender woman who fought an eight-year legal battle for her right to marry, says as she professes her love to Kursten Sciberras Edwards on March 31. Photo: Jason Borg“I do,” Joanne Cassar, the transgender woman who fought an eight-year legal battle for her right to marry, says as she professes her love to Kursten Sciberras Edwards on March 31. Photo: Jason Borg

Newly-weds Joanne Cassar and Kursten Sciberras Edwards walk under an arch of swords after vowing to love each other for life on March 31. Photo: Jason BorgNewly-weds Joanne Cassar and Kursten Sciberras Edwards walk under an arch of swords after vowing to love each other for life on March 31. Photo: Jason Borg

An anti-spring hunting campaigner sits with her pet dogs during a No lobby press conference at the Sant’Antnin Family Park in Marsascala on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAn anti-spring hunting campaigner sits with her pet dogs during a No lobby press conference at the Sant’Antnin Family Park in Marsascala on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Mr Justice Michael Mallia waves after his final court sitting, bringing a 29-year career as a member of the judiciary to a close, at the Law Courts in Valletta on March 26. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiMr Justice Michael Mallia waves after his final court sitting, bringing a 29-year career as a member of the judiciary to a close, at the Law Courts in Valletta on March 26. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Former Inter captain Javier Zanetti signs a poster during the inauguration of the new Inter Club PUPI Zanetti Malta in Msida on March 26. Photo: Jason BorgFormer Inter captain Javier Zanetti signs a poster during the inauguration of the new Inter Club PUPI Zanetti Malta in Msida on March 26. Photo: Jason Borg

Three members of the Birżebbuġa crew celebrate by jumping into the sea after winning their race at the Freedom Day Regatta in the Grand Harbour on March 31. Photo: Matthew MirabelliThree members of the Birżebbuġa crew celebrate by jumping into the sea after winning their race at the Freedom Day Regatta in the Grand Harbour on March 31. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Birżebbuġa rowers react after winning the tal-Midalji race, at Grand Harbour on March 31. Photo: Matthew MirabelliBirżebbuġa rowers react after winning the tal-Midalji race, at Grand Harbour on March 31. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Birżebbuġa rowers celebrate after winning the tal-Midalji race at the Freedom Day Regatta in the Grand Harbour on March 31. Photo: Matthew MirabelliBirżebbuġa rowers celebrate after winning the tal-Midalji race at the Freedom Day Regatta in the Grand Harbour on March 31. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

The crews of Cospicua and Marsa collide during the final race of the Freedom Day Regatta in the Grand Harbour on March 31. Photo: Matthew MirabelliThe crews of Cospicua and Marsa collide during the final race of the Freedom Day Regatta in the Grand Harbour on March 31. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Freedom Day Regatta underdogs Birżebbuġa (left) with a clear way to victory as the boats of holders Marsa and strong contenders Cospicua collide during a major race at Grand Harbour on March 31. Photo: Matthew MirabelliFreedom Day Regatta underdogs Birżebbuġa (left) with a clear way to victory as the boats of holders Marsa and strong contenders Cospicua collide during a major race at Grand Harbour on March 31. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Marsa Power Station is seen from Corradino on March 26. Photo: Chris Sant FournierMarsa Power Station is seen from Corradino on March 26. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Construction workers walk along scaffolding at the new MCAST building in Corradino on March 26. Photo: Chris Sant FournierConstruction workers walk along scaffolding at the new MCAST building in Corradino on March 26. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A man on a surf board braces himself for an approaching breaking wave in Ghajn Tuffieha Bay on March 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA man on a surf board braces himself for an approaching breaking wave in Ghajn Tuffieha Bay on March 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A wave breaks against the quay in Cirkewwa on March 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA wave breaks against the quay in Cirkewwa on March 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A hazy day in Ghajn Tuffieha Bay on March 26. Photo: Jason BorgA hazy day in Ghajn Tuffieha Bay on March 26. Photo: Jason Borg

A black cat stands guard on a children’s amusement machine in Sliema on March 29. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaA black cat stands guard on a children’s amusement machine in Sliema on March 29. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Armed Forces of Malta aircraft take part in a flypast commemorating Malta’s 100th Aviation Anniversary off Sliema on March 29. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaArmed Forces of Malta aircraft take part in a flypast commemorating Malta’s 100th Aviation Anniversary off Sliema on March 29. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Snooker players Tony Drago and Brian Cini ‘study’ the table during the doubles semifinal between Malta and Wales at the Dolmen Hotel in Qawra on April 1. Photo: Chris Sant FournierSnooker players Tony Drago and Brian Cini ‘study’ the table during the doubles semifinal between Malta and Wales at the Dolmen Hotel in Qawra on April 1. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A competing team in the RC44 Valletta Cup yacht race deploys the boat’s spinnaker off Sliema on March 29. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaA competing team in the RC44 Valletta Cup yacht race deploys the boat’s spinnaker off Sliema on March 29. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

A competing team in the RC44 Valletta Cup yacht race sails in front of a merchant vessel transporting power boats off Sliema on March 29. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaA competing team in the RC44 Valletta Cup yacht race sails in front of a merchant vessel transporting power boats off Sliema on March 29. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

San Giljan’s Matthew Zammit attempts a shot on goal during the hotly contested top of the table waterpolo clash against Sliema at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiSan Giljan’s Matthew Zammit attempts a shot on goal during the hotly contested top of the table waterpolo clash against Sliema at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Sliema’s coach Paul Privitera reacts angrily to a refereeing decision during the waterpolo match against San Giljan at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiSliema’s coach Paul Privitera reacts angrily to a refereeing decision during the waterpolo match against San Giljan at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on March 31. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A cyclist makes his way around the final bend before facing the tough climb of San Martin Hill in St Paul’s Bay during the second stage of the Tour of Malta on March 27. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA cyclist makes his way around the final bend before facing the tough climb of San Martin Hill in St Paul’s Bay during the second stage of the Tour of Malta on March 27. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

One of the participants of the Tour of Malta begins the tough climb of San Martin Hill in St Paul’s Bay during the second stage of the race on March 27. Photo: Matthew MirabelliOne of the participants of the Tour of Malta begins the tough climb of San Martin Hill in St Paul’s Bay during the second stage of the race on March 27. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A cyclist makes his way up San Martin hill, in St Paul’s Bay during stage two of the Tour of Malta on March 27. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA cyclist makes his way up San Martin hill, in St Paul’s Bay during stage two of the Tour of Malta on March 27. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A group of cyclists make their way up San Martin hill, in St Paul’s Bay during stage two of the Tour of Malta on March 27. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA group of cyclists make their way up San Martin hill, in St Paul’s Bay during stage two of the Tour of Malta on March 27. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Cyclists begin the climb up San Martin Hill in St Paul’s Bay during the second stage of the Tour of Malta on March 27. Photo: Matthew MirabelliCyclists begin the climb up San Martin Hill in St Paul’s Bay during the second stage of the Tour of Malta on March 27. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Virtus allowed Floriana very little space to manoeuvre in their basketball semifinal at the Ta’ Qali Pavilion on March 29. Photo: Jason BorgVirtus allowed Floriana very little space to manoeuvre in their basketball semifinal at the Ta’ Qali Pavilion on March 29. Photo: Jason Borg

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