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Malta also boasts a full calendar of cultural events, bustling open-air
markets. The Maltese love
festivals and the warm Maltese climate make it possible to enjoy these
colorful events throughout the whole year.
During the summer season there is a festa day practically every weekend and no visitor to Malta should leave the island without experiencing one. The five-day festivities include the triduum, the eve of the feast, and the feast day itself. The celebrations revolve around the saint and his place in the village church. Besides the special Church services there are outdoor festivities, with band marches, food and drink and spectacular firework displays.
The village church, which is the pride
of every villager, is draped with red damask and decorated with
beautiful flowers. All its gold and silver treasures, as well as crystal
chandeliers, are put on display thus creating a fitting setting for the
statue of the patron saint which is placed in a prominent position in
the church. The church facades are illuminated with hundreds of
multicolored bulbs, as are the streets, across which are suspended
massive and colorful drapes. Hundreds of flags are flown on rooftops
while drapes and light bulbs are hung across the width of the covered
balconies - typical of traditional Maltese houses.
The climax of each festa being the pontifical high mass
celebrated in the mornings (09.15hrs) and in the evenings (19.00hrs). A
religious procession ensues whereby the statues of the patron saint is
carried shoulder high through the village streets.
1st January New Years Day
MaltaMarathon.com Malta's largest annual running event
10 February Feast of St. Pauls Shipwreck
19 March Feast of St. Joseph 31st March Freedom Day
Village Festival (festa) Season
Sette Giugnio 1919
Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul
The Regatta in Grand Harbor celebrates Malta's victories during the Great Siege of 1565 and the Second World War. The magnificent Fort St. Angelo provides an imposing backdrop to the sleek and colorful Maltese boats. In the afternoon, rowing teams from the cities bordering Grand Harbor take part in a number of very exciting races marked by keen competitive rivalry between participating teams and their respective supporters. Festivities are also held at Senglea, Naxxar and Mellieha in Malta and at Xaghra in Gozo.
21 September Malta Independence Day Malta attained its Independence in 1964.
Rolex Middle Sea Race rolexmiddlesearace.com produced by the Royal Malta Yacht Club rmyc.org Yachts race counter clockwise around Sicily (607 nautical miles)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
13 December Republic Day
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