Valletta
One week early! St Paul feast in Valletta to start this Saturday due to Carnival celebrations
Celebrations will take place from the 3rd to the 24th of February.

Lyndsey Grima

In a unique twist this year, Malta, and Valletta in particular is gearing up to celebrate St. Paul's feast a week earlier than usual, commencing on the 3rd of February.

The deviation from the traditional date of the 10th of February is attributed to the Carnival festivities scheduled to happen between the 9th to the 13th of February. Għaqda tal-Pawlini, A.D. 1970 – Valletta's Facebook page announced that St Paul’s feast will be celebrated from the 3rd to the 24th of February this year.

This is one of the most highly anticipated feasts of the year, especially for Valletta locals and tourists alike. Among the prominent focal points is the Church of St. Paul's Shipwreck, a majestic landmark steeped in history.

Full of feast decorations, the church becomes a central hub for commemorations on this significant day. A morning mass presided over by the bishop and attended by dignitaries including the President and various politicians, adds a profound touch to the celebrations.

On the 3rd of February at 6 pm, a solemn concelebration will be led by Archpriest Can. Rev. David Cilia. At the end of the mass, Pauline hymns are sung, and the release of the statue of St Paul, the work of Melchiorre Gafà, will be taken out of its niche.

Among the many scheduled activities, a dinner dance is scheduled for the 3rd of February at the Westin Dragonara Hotel at 8.30 pm which includes a buffet dinner. This event will take place after the statue of St Paul has been taken out of its niche in commemoration of the feast.

Will you be attending the celebratory St Paul feast activities?

29th January 2024


Lyndsey Grima
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Lyndsey has always been passionate about all things content. She keeps her storytelling skills sharp by exercising physically as she’s a fitness buff and also mentally as she enjoys reading and travelling.

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