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Savior Mifsud, 35, is Maltese but moved to the Faroe Islands at the age of 21, after falling in love with a Faroese woman. He told Express.co.uk what it’s like to live in a place that only gets five hours of daylight in winter, and what the Faroes usually do on New Years Eve.

The Maltese expat told Express.co.uk that the Faroes, including himself, celebrate Christmas on December 24.

Speaking of last week’s festivities, he said, “We gathered with the family on the 24th at around 6pm.

“Everyone has prepared a few things to eat.

“For example, I made two ducks stuffed with prunes and apples and brown potatoes.

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“Other family members were making salad, cookies, gravy, etc.

“After we finished eating, we started to open the presents.

“After about an hour of opening the presents, we took a break and ate dessert, then opened the last presents.”

Savior added: “In the Faroe Islands we normally eat duck for Christmas”.

Tonight, December 31, Sauveur will celebrate New Years Eve with his family.

“New Years Eve is a little different from island to island,” he explained.

“I have spent the New Years for the past three years on the Suðuroy Islands – the southernmost island of the Faroe Islands – in the village of Vágur.

“Each year, the inhabitants of the village spend days preparing for the occasion.

“This includes the preparation of the torches, the fireworks display and a boat that ends up being burnt at midnight.

“At midnight on New Years Eve, everyone gathers and some people carry torches through villages and gather in the center of a village where they circle the boat.

“Then they throw the torches on the boat and everyone sings a Faroese song together.

“Afterwards, the fireworks are lit.”

But besides the Faroese traditions, what is the best thing for Savior to experience on the islands?

“No matter where you are in the Faroe Islands you are always close to nature and it is wonders,” he said.

“But it’s hard to be so far from my Maltese family.”


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