The National Day of Malta is on the 21 September (Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom 1964). Also the 31st March (Freedom Day, withdrawal of British troops from Malta 1979). Likewise the 13th December (Republic Day, republican constitution of 1974). Finally 7th June (Sette Giugno, bread riot of 1919)Also the 8th September (Victory Day).
National Day of Malta
Accordingly as stated the National Day of Malta is celebrated on the 8th September annually. Likewise it is also called Victory Day or Il-Vitorja in Maltese. This celebrates the end of the Siege of Malta in 1565. It was during the siege, the Knights of St. John defended Malta against the Ottoman Empire. This continued for several months until reinforcements arrived and the Ottomans were defeated. As history reflects that the victory was significant not only for Malta but for Europe as a whole. This halted the expansion of the Ottoman Empire into the Mediterranean.
Public Holidays in Malta
In Malta, there are 14 public holidays observed throughout the year. These include:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck – February 10th
- Good Friday – Date varies (usually in March or April)
- Easter Sunday – Date varies (usually in March or April)
- Freedom Day – March 31st
- Workers’ Day – May 1st
- Feast of the Assumption – August 15th
- Victory Day – September 8th
- Independence Day – September 21st
- Feast of Our Lady of Victories – October 7th
- Republic Day – December 13th
- Christmas Day – December 25th
- Boxing Day – December 26th
- Feast of St. Stephen – December 26th
It’s worth noting that on some of these holidays, such as Good Friday and Easter Sunday.