Public holidays in Malta in 2023

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List of public holidays in Malta

There are 14 public holidays in Malta in 2023. Public holidays in Malta are officially set out in Chapter 252 of the Laws of Malta, on National and Other Public Holidays: ATT DWAR IL-FESTI NAZZJONALI U BTAJJEL PUBBLIĊI OĦRA.

The Public Holidays in Malta consist of nine religious holidays and five national holidays.

DateTitleDescription
Sunday 1 January 2023New Year’s DayNew Year’s celebration (L-Ewwel tas-Sena / New Year’s Day)
Friday 10 February 2023Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck The Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul (Il-Festa tan-Nawfraġju ta’ San Pawl) is a public holiday that commemorates the shipwreck of the Apostle Paul in Malta in the year 60 during his journey from Judea to Rome.
Sunday 19 March 2023Feast of St. Joseph The Feast of St. Joseph (Il-Festa ta’ San Ġużepp) is a public holiday in Malta to honour Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Friday 31 March 2023Freedom Day Freedom Day (Jum Il-Ħelsien) is a public holiday celebrating the departure of the British Army on 31 March 1979.
Friday 7 April 2023Good Friday Good Friday (Il-Ġimgħa l-Kbira) is the commemoration of the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The holiday is the Friday before Easter, so its date varies from year to year.
Monday 1 May 2023Labour Day Worker’s Day (Jum il-Ħaddiem) is a public holiday in many countries including Malta, known as International Workers’ Day.
Wednesday 7 June 2023Sette Giugno Sette Giugno is a public holiday in Malta which commemorates the riots on 7 June 1919 by the Maltese population against the occupation of British troops. During these riots British troops fired on the crowd, killing four people.
Thursday 29 June 2022Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, or Feast of Saints Peter and Paul “Il-Festa ta’ San Pietru u San Pawl, is a liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul.
Tuesday 15 August 2023Assomption The Assumption or the Feast of St Mary “Il-Festa ta’ Santa Marija”, is a public holiday in Malta. In Christian belief, the Assumption is the day on which the Virgin Mary “ascended to heaven” at the end of her earthly life.
Friday 8 September 2023Feast of Our Lady of Victories The 8th of September is a bank holiday in Malta, known as the “Feast of Our Lady of Victories” (Jum il-Vitorja). This day celebrates the feast of the birth of the Virgin Mary.
Thursday 21 September 2023Independence Day Independence Day (Jum l-Indipendenza) is a public holiday to celebrate the day the country gained independence from the United Kingdom: 21 September 1964. The British troops will leave the country for good only on 31 March 1979, Freedom Day.
Friday 8 December 2023Immaculate Conception The Immaculate Conception is the day on which the Virgin Mary was conceived free from original sin. The Immaculate Conception is celebrated by the Catholic Church on 8 December on the feast day dedicated to her (Il-Festa tal-Immakulata Kunċizzjoni ), which is a public holiday in Malta.
Wednesday 13 December 2023Republic Day Republic Day (Maltese: Jum ir-Repubblika’) is a public holiday celebrating the anniversary of 13 December 1974, the establishment of the State of Malta as a republic.
Monday 25 December 2023Christmas Christmas, the Christian festival celebrating the Nativity, i.e. the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, is a public holiday in Malta, as it is in many countries.