Religious feasts or ‘festas’ are an important part of Maltese culture and tradition held throughout the year across both Malta and Gozo. Festas are both religious and profane, being organized by the local parish together with local band clubs, and are an iconic part of the Maltese culture. Expect massive firework displays, processions with marching bands and great revelry.
Each festa typically has the same structure. Five days of festivities revolving around the patron saint of each parish build up to the weekend feast itself. In addition to elaborate church ceremonies, band marches are an integral part of the celebration as bands performing festa favourites, many composed by local maestros, march through the streets followed by crowds.
Feasts & Dates:
1st January - New Years' Day
10th February: Feast of St Paul's Shipwreck
19th March: Feast of St Joseph
31st March: Freedom Day
2nd April: Good Friday
4th April: Easter Sunday
7th June: Sette Giugno
29th June: Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul
15th August: Feast of The Assumption
8th September: Victory Day
21st September: Independence Day
8th December: Immaculate Conception
13th December: Republic Day
25th December: Christmas Day
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