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' ('the coldest month')

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

February[edit]

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

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

March[edit]

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

  • 27 March: Jesus of Nazareth ('Ġesù Nazzarenu') in Sliema
  • 19 March: Staint Joseph ('San Ġużepp') in Rabat
  • 25 March: Annunciation ('Il-Lunzjata')
  • 31 March: Freedom Day ('Jum il-Helsien')

April[edit]

April is known by the Maltese as 'ix-xahar tan-nwhar u ta' San Girgor' ('the month of blossoms and Saint Gregory').

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

The following feasts are moveable, as they can occur either in March or in April.

  • Friday before Palm Sunday – Our Lady of Sorrows ('Id-Duluri')
  • 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')

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

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, Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and Sacred Heart').

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

July[edit]

July by the Maltese is known as 'tal-Karmnu' ('Our Lady of Mount Carmel').

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

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

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').

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

October[edit]

October by the Maltese is known as 'ix-xahar tar-Rużarju' ('the month of the Rosary').

  • Our Lady of Rosary ('Il-Madonna tar-Rużarju') different villages in Malta and Gozo celebrate Our Lady of Rosary on 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').

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

December[edit]

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

  • 8 December: Immaculate conception, with the Traditional Festa in Cospicua
  • 13 December: Saint Lucy ('Santa Luċija')
  • 25 December: Christmas ('Il-Milied'), with its traditional procession with the statue of Infant Jesus
  • 26 December: Saint Stephen ('San Stiefnu')
  • 28 December: Innocent Saints ('L-Innoċenti Martri')
  • 31 December: Saint Silvester ('San Silvestru')

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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