Malta is a nation rich in culture and tradition, with a calendar full of national and public holidays for locals and tourists to celebrate. From church services to parades, these religious, historical and symbolic holidays offer a chance for togetherness and reflection. If you're a jobseeker, recruiter or employer in Malta, these public holidays are especially important to take note of, as most businesses, banks and schools will be closed.
Want to know more? Read on for your guide to all the important days in the Maltese calendar for 2023.
New Year's Day - 1st January
Let's start the year with a bang! New Year's Day is celebrated with fireworks, parties, and church services. Many people also make resolutions for the upcoming year.
Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck - 10th February
On this public holiday, Malta commemorates the shipwreck of St. Paul on the island. It's an important religious holiday and is marked with parades, fireworks, and church services.
Feast of St. Joseph - 19th March
St. Joseph, the patron saint of workers and fathers, is celebrated on March 19th.
Freedom Day - 31st March
Freedom Day commemorates Malta's independence from British rule.
Good Friday - 14th April
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It's marked by church services, processions, and a general sense of mourning.
Workers' Day - 1st May
On Workers' Day, Malta celebrates the achievements and rights of workers and labour unions. Many people attend rallies, marches, and other events to celebrate their rights.
Sette Giugno - 7th June
Sette Giugno commemorates the riots of 1919 and the fight for self-government.
Feast of St. Peter and Paul - 29th June
This public holiday in Malta honours the two apostles St. Peter and St. Paul. It's marked by church services, parades, and fireworks.
Feast of the Assumption - 15th August
The Feast of the Assumption celebrates the belief that the Virgin Mary was taken up to heaven. Many people attend church services and spend time with family and friends.
Feast of Our Lady of Victories - 8th September
The Feast of Our Lady of Victories commemorates the victory over the Ottoman Empire in the Great Siege of Malta.
Independence Day - 21st September
Independence Day marks Malta's independence from Britain.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception - 8th December
On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Maltese people celebrate the belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was conceived without original sin. It's marked by church services, parades, and other events.
Republic Day - 13th December
Republic Day marks the day when Malta became a republic.
Christmas Day - 25th December
Christmas Day is marked by church services, gift-giving, and time spent with family and friends.
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