Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Malta

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Malta has the most vacation days in the European Union. Since 2005, any holidays that fall on Saturdays or Sundays have not been included to the employees’ leave pool.

National holidays

  • February 10 – Feast of Saint Paul, Patron Saint of Malta (Jum San Pawl)
  • March 31 – Freedom Day (Jum il-Ħelsien)
  • June 7 – Sette Giugno
  • September 8 – Victory Day (Jum il-Vitorja)
  • September 21 – Independence Day (Jum l-Indipendenza)
  • December 13 – Republic Day (Jum ir-Repubblika)

Public holidays

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day (L-Ewwel tas-Sena)
  • February 10 – Feast of Saint Paul’s Shipwreck in Malta (Nawfraġju ta’ San Pawl) – the apostle is the patron saint of Malta
  • March 19 – Feast of Saint Joseph (San Ġużepp)
  • Friday before Easter – Good Friday (Il-Ġimgħa l-Kbira)
  • May 1 – Worker’s Day (Jum il-Ħaddiem)
  • June 29 – Feast of Saint Peter & Saint Paul, patron saints (L-Imnarja)
  • August 15 – Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady (Santa Marija)
  • December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Il-Kunċizzjoni)
  • December 25 – Christmas Day (Il-Milied)

Traditional Feasts

The following is a list of Malta’s feasts and special days. With the exception of the dates stated in the preceding section, these feasts are not official holidays, and business as usual continues on the Maltese islands on these days. Because Malta is mostly Roman Catholic, the majority of these feasts commemorate Saints or events from the Holy Bible.

January

The Maltese call January ix-xahar tal-bard, which means “the coldest month.”

  • New Year’s Day (L-Ewwel tas-Sena or L-Istrina): 1 January
  • Epiphany (Epifanija or It-Tre Re): first Sunday after 1 January
  • St Anthony the Abbot (San Anton Abbati): 13 January at Rabat
  • Conversion of St. Paul (Konverżjoni ta’ San Pawl): 27 January at Mdina

February

The Maltese call February ix-xahar ta’ San Pawl (the month of St. Paul).

  • Candlemas (Gandlora): 2 February
  • St. Blase (San Blas): 3 February
  • St. Paul Shipwreck (San Pawl Nawfragu): 10 February at Valletta, Marsalforn and Munxar
  • St. Valentine (San Valentinu): 14 February

March

The Maltese call March ix-xahar ta’ San uepp, tal-Lunzjata u tar-ros (the month of St. Joseph, the Annunciation, and Sales).

  • Jesus of Nazareth (Ġesù Nazzarenu): 7 March at Sliema
  • St. Joseph (San Ġużepp): 19 March at Rabat
  • Annunciation (Il-Lunzjata): 25 March
  • Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien): 31 March

April

The Maltese call April ix-xahar tan-nwhar u ta’ San Girgor (the month of blossoms and St. Gregory).

  • April Fool’s Day (Il-Ġifa): 1 April
  • St. Gregory (San Girgor): First Wednesday after Easter Sunday
  • St. Publius (San Publju): 6 April at Floriana
  • St. George (San Ġorġ): 23 April at Qormi and Rabat (Victoria)

The following feasts are movable, since they may take place in either March or April.

  • Our Lady of Sorrows (Id-Duluri): Friday before Palm Sunday
  • Palm Sunday (Ħadd il-Palm)
  • Good Friday (Il-Ġimgħa l-Kbira)
  • Easter (L-Għid or L-Irxoxt)

May

The Maltese call May ix-xahar tal-sad, tal-Madonna ta’ Pompej (The month of harvest, Our Lady of Pompeii)

  • St. Joseph the Worker (www.sanguzepphaddiem.com San Ġużepp Ħaddiem or Jum il-Ħaddiem): 1 May (with a feast at Ħamrun and Birkirkara)
  • Our Lady of Liesse (Il-Madonna ta’ Liesse): 2 May at Valletta
  • Feast of the Cross (Santu Kruċ): 3 May at Birkirkara
  • St. Augustine (Santu Wistin): 3 May at Valletta
  • Liturgical Feast of St George Preca (San Ġorġ Preca): 9 May
  • Holy Trinity (Trinità Mqaddsa): 31 May at Marsa
  • St. Rita (Santa Rita): 22 May at Valletta
  • The Annunciation (Il-Lunzjata): 24 May at Tarxien
  • St. Paul (San Pawl): 24 May at Munxar, Gozo
  • Our Lady of Fatima (Il-Madonna ta’ Fatima): from mid May till 2nd weekend of June, at Pietà, Malta
  • St. Joseph (San Ġużepp): 24 May at Għaxaq
  • St. Anthony of Padua (Sant’ Antnin ta’ Padova): 31 May at Birkirkara
  • Mother’s Day (Jum l-Omm): Second Sunday of May

June

The Maltese call June ix-xahar tad-dris, tal-ejje, tal-Imnarja, u tal-Qalb ta’ esù (the month of reaping, bonfires, St. Peter and St. Paul, and Sacred Heart).

  • St. Joseph (San Ġużepp): First Sunday at Għaxaq
  • Christ the Redeemer (Kristu Redentur): 21 June at Senglea
  • St. Philip (San Filip): 14 June at Żebbuġ, Malta
  • Corpus Christi: 8 June at Għasri
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus (Il-Qalb ta’ Ġesù): 14 June at Fontana, Gozo
  • Our Lady of Lily (Il-Madonna tal-Ġilju): 21 June at Mqabba
  • St. Catherine (Santa Katarina): 21 June at Żejtun
  • St. John the Baptist (San Ġwann Battista): 21 June at Xewkija
  • Our Lady of Lourdes (Il-Madonna ta’ Lourdes): 22 June at Qrendi
  • Father’s Day (Jum il-Missier): Third Sunday of June
  • St. Nicholas (San Nikola): 29 June at Siġġiewi
  • St. George (San Ġorġ): 29 June at Qormi
  • Our Lady of Sacred Heart (Il-Qalb Bla Tebgħa ta’ Marija): 29 June at Burmarrad
  • St. Peter and St. Paul (San Pietru u San Pawl: L-Imnarja): 29 June at Mdina and Nadur
  • St. John (San Ġwann): Fourth Sunday of June

July

July is known as tal-Karmnu in Maltese (of Monte Carmel).

  • The Visitation (Il-Viżitazzjoni): 5 July at Għarb, Gozo
  • St. Paul (San Pawl): 5 July at Rabat
  • Our Lady of Sacred Heart (Sacro Cuor): 5 July at Sliema
  • St. Andrew (Sant’ Andrija): 5 July at Luqa
  • Our Lady of Lourdes (Il-Madonna ta’ Lourdes): 5 July at Qrendi
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel : 5 July at Fleur-de-Lys; 12 July at Fgura; 13 July at Gżira; 19 July at Mdina and Birkirkara; and 26 July at Balluta Bay (San Ġiljan)
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Il-Madonna tal-Karmnu): 16 July at Valletta
  • Our Lady of Sorrows (Marija Sultana Tal-Martri): 20 July San Pawl Il-Bahar
  • St Joseph (San Ġużepp) : 2nd Sunday of July at Ħal Kirkop
  • The Annunciation (Marija Annunzjata) : 2nd Sunday of July at Hal Balzan
  • Sacred Family (Sagra Familja) : 3rd Sunday of July at Bidnija
  • St. Anne (Sant’ Anna): 26 July at Marsaskala
  • St. Venera (Santa Venera): 27 July at Santa Venera
  • Christ the King (Kristu Re): Last Sunday of July at Paola, Malta
  • Mount Carmel* (Madonna Tal-Karmnu): 27th July at Zurrieq, Malta

August

The Maltese call August ix-xahar tal-frott, ta’ Santa Marija u ta’ San Lawrenz (The month of fruit, St. Mary and St. Lawrence).

  • St.Peter in Chains (“San Pietru fil-Ktajjen”): 3 August at Birżebbuġa
  • St. Lawrence (San Lawrenz): 10 August at Birgu and San Lawrenz
  • St. Gaetan (San Gejtanu): 11 August at Ħamrun
  • The Seven St. Marys (Is-Seba’ Santa Marijiet): 15 August at Għaxaq, Mqabba, Qrendi, Gudja, Mosta, Attard, Victoria (Rabat,Gozo)
  • St. Roque (Santu Rokku): 16 August
  • St. Helen (Santa Elena): in Birkirkara: Feast celebrated on a Sunday morning, 18 August or the Sunday following the 18 August
  • Stella Maris (Our Lady Star of the Sea): Third Sunday of August in Sliema
  • The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (Il-Martirju ta’ San Ġwann): 29 August
  • St. Dominic of Guzman (San Duminku ta’ Guzman): Last Sunday of August in Birgu
  • St. Julian (San Ġiljan): Last Sunday of August in San Ġiljan

September

September is known as ix-xahar tal-Vitorja, tal-Bambina, u tal-Grazzja in Maltese (the month of Victory, the Nativity of Our Lady, and Our Lady of Graces).

  • The Nativity of Our Lady (Il-Bambina): 8 September at Mellieħa, Naxxar, Senglea and Xagħra
  • Our Lady of Graces (Il-Madonna tal-Grazzja): Sunday after 8 September
  • The Name of Mary (L-Isem ta’ Marija): 12 September
  • Independence Day (Jum L-Indipendenza): 21 September

October

The Maltese call October ix-xahar tar-Ruarju (Month of the Rosary)

  • Our Lady of Rosary (Il-Madonna tar-Rużarju): different processions in different villages in Malta and Gozo in different days in October

November

November is known as ix-xahar tal-inig tal-weraq, tal-erwie, u tal-imwiet in Maltese (the month of fallen leaves, of souls, and of deaths).

  • All Souls Day (L-Għid tal-Erwieħ): 2 November
  • St. Martin of Tours (San Martin): 11 November
  • St. Cecilia (Santa Ċeċilja): 22 November
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria (Santa Katarina ta’ Lixandra): 25 November
  • Christ the King (Kristu Re): Sunday after 25 November

December

The Maltese call December ix-xahar tal-Milied u tal-Kunizzjoni (the Christmas and Conception month) The Immaculate Conception is celebrated on December 8th with the Traditional Festa in Cospicua.

  • St. Lucy (Santa Luċija): 13 December
  • Christmas (Il-Milied): 25 December with its traditional procession with the statue of Infant Jesus
  • St. Stephen (San Stiefnu): 26 December
  • Innocent Saints (L-Innoċenti Martri): 28 December
  • St. Silvester (San Silvestru): 31 December