Among the peculiar customs which still exist in Gozo,
the Quccija may perhaps be the most popular. The Quccija is an entertainment
given by the parents on the first anniversary of their children's
birth. Guests consisting of relations and close friends are invited
by the parents to their home. When the guests are assembled the
child is brought in and if it is a boy he is presented with a tray
containing corn, sweet meat, coins, an inkstand, a candle, a rosary,
a book, a sword and other toys. If the child is a girl needles,
silk ribbons and an egg supply the place of the sword and inkstand.
The choice the baby makes on this occasion is believed,
to give a just idea of his future disposition and the profession
which the child will follow. If the child chooses corn it is a sign
of a liberal character. If the inkstand is picked out it points
towards an inclination for trade or the profession of a notary or
lawyer. If the child takes the book, the rosary or the candle the
assumption is that he or she intends to dedicate adult life to the
service of the Church.
Nowadays other items are included on the tray such
as a stethoscope, a geometry instrument, a calculator and such likes.
This is meant to include professions such as that of a doctor, an
architect and of an accountant. If the choice falls on coins, commerce
or industry is indicated. The choice of an egg means that the girl
will have a house full of furniture and children.
When the baby makes his or her selection, the
guests are than treated to refreshments and they all drink to the
health and future prospects of the small individual in question.