The festa season in Malta is made up of a long series of extended weekends, starting from the end of May right through the entire summer and well into September. Banners, papier maché statues raised on wooden columns and festoons decorate the main streets of the locality where the feast is taking place. The inhabitants of the town or village then add to this festive mood by decorating their own balconies and rooftops with lit up coloured festoons. A typical Maltese ‘festa’ lasts three days or longer. The evenings often end with spectacular ground and aerial fireworks displays in an explosion of colour, firecrackers and loud petards.