Public holidays in Malta

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Malta is the country with the most holidays in the European Union. Since 2005, any holidays falling on Saturdays or Sundays do not add an extra day to the workers' leave pool.

National holidays[edit]

Public holidays[edit]

Traditional Feasts[edit]

The following is a list of feasts or special days celebrated in Malta. Note that, with the exception of the dates mentioned in the previous section, these feasts are not public holidays and on these days, business runs as usual across the Maltese islands. As Malta is largely Roman Catholic, most of these feasts celebrate Saints or events from the Holy Bible.

January[edit]

January by the Maltese is known as ix-xahar tal-bard which is 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[edit]

February by the Maltese is known as ix-xahar ta' San Pawl (St. Paul's month)

  • 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[edit]

March by the Maltese is known as ix-xahar ta' San Ġużepp, tal-Lunzjata u tar-roħs (St. Joseph, the Annunciation and Sales' month)

  • 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[edit]

April is known by the Maltese as 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 moveable as they can occur either in March or in 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[edit]

May by the Maltese is known as ix-xahar tal-ħsad, 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[edit]

June by the Maltese is known as ix-xahar tad-dris, tal-ħġejjeġ, tal-Imnarja, u tal-qalb ta' Ġesù (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[edit]

July by the Maltese is known as tal-Karmnu (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

August[edit]

Assumption of Mary statue by Mariano Gerada, 1808, Għaxaq, Malta

August by the Maltese is known as 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 Hamrun
  • 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

September[edit]

September by the Maltese is known as ix-xahar tal-Vitorja, tal-Bambina, u tal-Grazzja (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[edit]

October by the Maltese is known as ix-xahar tar-Rużarju (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[edit]

By the Maltese, November is known as ix-xahar tal-inżigħ tal-weraq, tal-erwieħ, u tal-imwiet (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[edit]

December by the Maltese is known as ix-xahar tal-Milied u tal-Kunċizzjoni (the Christmas and Conception month).

  • Immaculate Conception (Il-Kunċizzjoni): 8 December 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

Distinction between National and Public Holidays[edit]

Article 3 of the National Holidays and Other Public Holidays Act (chapter 252) provides the distinction between National and Public Holidays.[1]

The National Holidays shall be public holidays and on those occasions there shall be flown on public buildings the National Flag of Malta.

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