This post is a continuation from our previous post “Public holidays in Malta part 1“. For a full list, please also refer to that post before reading this second part here.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN MALTA EXPLAINED, PART 2
29TH JUNE – THE FEARS OF SAINT PETER & SAINT PAUL
This is another religious public holiday in Malta and on this day, we celebrate the alleged deaths of the two martyrs, Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
This feast also marks what is called L-Imnarja which is when a feast happens every year at Buskett Gardens in the limits of Rabat.
15TH AUGUST – SANTA MARIJA
One of the most important holidays is Santa Marija, which occurs on the 15th of August.
This occasion marks a miraculous feat when Malta, on the brink of starvation and falling to the enemy during World War II was saved by a convoy ship that managed to reach the port despite passing through heavy bombardment.
On this day, we also celebrate the Virgin Mary, and it is now remembered as “the day the Virgin Mary saved Malta”.
8TH SEPTEMBER – VICTORY DAY
The holiday marks three important victories for Malta, and they are:
- The victory of the Knights Of St John ending the Great Siege
- The rebellion against French troops in September 1800 and
- The day Italy made peace with the Allied forces, turning its target towards Germany and announcing a cease-fire in Malta.
Also, on this day; the Victory Day Regatta takes place in Malta, which is a boat race that happens in the Grand Harbour of Valletta.
21ST SEPTEMBER – INDEPENDENCE DAY
This day marks the independence of Malta from British rule.
This also leads to the ‘Republic Day” public holiday, which we’ll talk about soon.
8TH DECEMBER – IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
The Immaculate Conception holiday is dedicated to the miraculous conception of Jesus by the Virgin Mary.
In Malta, being a highly religious country, this holiday is taken very seriously with the locals and you’ll find many stores and business will close down on this day.
13TH DECEMBER – REPUBLIC DAY
The 13th Of December 1974, marks the day the Constitution of Malta was substantially revised, transforming the former British colony from a Commonwealth realm into a republic within the Commonwealth.
The British monarch was also no longer the Queen of Malta, and the new (independent) Head of State was Malta’s first president; President Sir Anthony Mamo.
25TH DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS DAY
Last but not least, the last of the public holidays in Malta is Christmas Day, which -as around the world – celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.
Now, some countries include the day after “boxing day” also, part of the Christmas holidays but this is not in Malta; Christmas Day here is just December the 25th which only leads now to the next public holiday a week later, New Year’s Day.
We hope you liked this guide about the many public holidays in Malta, and we hope that this has given you some clarifications to how and why Malta ended up with so many holidays.
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