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If it’s August it’s Festa time!

Street Decorations in Birkirkara
August is not only the peak season for Malta’s tourism – much like Italy’s ‘ferragosto’ half of Malta appears to be on holiday as well. It being the hottest month of the year, the work rate naturally slows down too and some outlets (factories in particular) will be on shut down for a week or two. A lot of Maltese travel out of the country at this time and a host of others descend on the neighbouring island of Gozo for that home-from-home holiday.
But in the searing heat in many towns and villages there are armies of volunteers putting up street decorations while others will be in fields setting up elaborate fireworks – because above all August is the peak of the festa season in Malta with no less than twenty nine of them celebrated during the month. Here we take a look at a few of the major ones.
Lija Fireworks
The month starts off with a literal bang as the small village of Lija celebrates the feast of Our Saviour on the 6th. While the feast day sees one of the more solemn processions on the island the real crowd puller is the renowned fireworks show which takes place on the eve of the feast day. Crowds will gather on the edges of the village – others find a vantage point on the hill leading to Naxxar which provides a grandstand view of proceedings.
The 7th sees the feast of Saint Gaetan in Hamrun. Hamrun is a populous township in the inner harbour area and lacks open spaces so fireworks have never been a feature here. But the Hamrunizi more than make up for this with a weeklong festival of band marches – culminating in Sunday morning’s huge ‘Marc tal-Briju’ (loose translation – revelry march). This is the day all Hamrunizi descend on the town’s High Street and make merry like no other place on the island and it’s arguably Malta’s largest and loudest street party. Mad and utterly unmissable if you’re on the island at this time!
Hamrun - no one parties better
The 15th of the month sees a total of eight feasts celebrating the Assumption of Our Lady – it is also a National Day in Malta. The day has historical as well as religious connotations. In August 1942 Malta had been blockaded for two years and blitzed by successive Luftwaffe attacks –supplies were almost exhausted and Malta was facing possible starvation and capitulation. Operation Pedestal – a relief convoy of 14 merchant vessels escorted by two battleships, three aircraft carriers, seven cruisers, 32 destroyers and seven submarines –had set out on the 3rd of the month and ran a gauntlet of attacks after passing through the Straits of Gibraltar on the 9th. Only five supply vessels made it to Malta – most famously the tanker Ohio which limped half sunk into Grand Harbour on the morning of the 15th. No wonder then that the convoy is remembered in the collective Maltese memory as the Santa Maria Convoy.
Attard Church dressed up for the Festa
Santa Maria is celebrated in Attard, Birkirkara, Gudja, Ghaxaq, Mosta, Mqabba, Qrendi and Victoria in Gozo. Arguably the greatest celebrations are the ones in Mosta and Victoria – both have boisterous and well attended band marches. For fireworks head for Mqabba or Qrendi on the eve of the feast – both put up spectacular synchronised fireworks shows.
Dingli and Mgarr also celebrate Santa Maria – but do it a week later. A curious feature of the Mgarr feast is an auction which is held at midday on the feast day where groups of parishioners bid for the honour to carry Our Lady’s statue in the evening’s procession.
Festa Decorations in Lija
The month closes off with the Feast of Saint Helen in Birkirkara. Uniquely among Maltese feasts Birkirkara does not hold its procession in the evening but on the morning when Saint Helen’s statue emerges from the beautiful basilica at 8am sharp. Birkirkara’s is one of the showiest processions on the island – one of the most solemn too. Birkirkara’s beautiful Main Street provides the perfect backdrop for this procession since it is one of the most beautifully decorated streets in Malta.
Happy feasting – or as we say here “Il-Festa t-tajba”!
Feast of St. Dominic
01 Aug

Feast of St. Dominic

The Feast of St. Dominic is celebrated in the town of Vittoriosa in Malta
 Vittoriosa (Birgu), Malta
Feast of St. Peter in Chains
01 Aug

Feast of St. Peter in Chains

The Feast of St. Peter in Chains is celebrated in the town of Birżebbuġa in Malta.
 Birzebbuga, Malta
Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord
06 Aug

Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord is celebrated in the town of Lija in Malta.
 Hal Lija, Malta
Feast of St. Gaetan
07 Aug

Feast of St. Gaetan

The feast of St.Cajetan usually falls on the second Sunday of August.
Feast of St. Lawrence
08 Aug

Feast of St. Lawrence

Saint Lawrence - San Lawrenz is the only Gozitian village to be named after its patron saint.
 San Lawrenz, Gozo
Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady
15 Aug

Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady

The traditional village feasts in Malta are spread out over the summer months with rarely a week going by without a celebration somewhere or other....
The Feast of Stella Maris
15 Aug

The Feast of Stella Maris

The Feast of Stella Maris will be celebrated in the town of Sliema in Malta.
 Sliema, Malta
Feast of Maria Regina
29 Aug

Feast of Maria Regina

The Feast of Queen Mary is celebrated in the town of Marsa in Malta.
 Marsa, Malta
Feast of Our St. Paul
29 Aug

Feast of Our St. Paul

The Feast of St. Paul is celebrated in the town of Safi in Malta.
 Hal Safi, Malta
Feast of St Bartholomew
29 Aug

Feast of St Bartholomew

The Feast of St. Bartholomew is celebrated in the town of Gharghur in Malta.
 Hal Gharghur, Malta
Feast of St. Julian
29 Aug

Feast of St. Julian

The Feast of St. Julian is celebrated in the town of St. Julian's in Malta.
 St. Julian’s, Malta
Feast of Our Lady of Loreto
05 Sep

Feast of Our Lady of Loreto

The Feast of Our Lady of Loreto is celebrated in the town of Ghajnsielem in Gozo.
 Ghajnsielem, Gozo
Feast of St. Catherine
05 Sep

Feast of St. Catherine

The Feast of St Catherine is celebrated every year in the first week of September and lasts the whole week. 
 Zurrieq, Malta
The Feast of St. Gregory
05 Sep

The Feast of St. Gregory

The Feast of St. Gregory will be celebrated in the town of Sliema in Malta.
 Sliema, Malta
Il Vitorja (Victory Day)
08 Sep

Il Vitorja (Victory Day)

This date commemorates the end of the Great Siege of 1565, the end of the French occupation of Malta in 1800 and co-incidentally enough the armisti...
 Malta & Gozo
Feast of our Lady of Graces
12 Sep

Feast of our Lady of Graces

The Maltese islands’ packed calendar of feasts reaches a peak in August and all but peters out by October. But it is the feast of Our Lady of...
 Zabbar
The Feast of Our Lady of the Nativity
12 Sep

The Feast of Our Lady of the Nativity

The Feast of Our Lady of the Nativity will be celebrated in the town of Mellieħa in Malta.
 Mellieħa, Malta
Feast of our Lady of Sorrows
15 Sep

Feast of our Lady of Sorrows

The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is celebrated in the town of St. Paul's Bay in Malta.
 St Pauls Bay, Malta
Independence Day
21 Sep

Independence Day

Malta gained its political Independence from Britain on the 21st September 1964. 
 Malta & Gozo
Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
04 Oct

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated in the village of Gudja in Malta.
 Gudja, Malta
Feast of our Lady of Consolation
31 Oct

Feast of our Lady of Consolation

The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation is celebrated in the town of Gudja in Malta. 
 Gudja, Malta
Feast of St.Martin
11 Nov

Feast of St.Martin

St Martin’s feast, celebrated in November is famous especially with children. 
 Bahrija, Malta
Christmas & New Year's In Malta & Gozo
01 DEC
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06 JAN

Christmas & New Year's In Malta & Gozo

Christmas is a highly celebrated festivity in Malta and Gozo, both for its religious significance a well as in its more social aspect. The season i...
 Malta & Gozo
Republic Day
13 Dec

Republic Day

On the 13th December 1974 the Maltese Constitution was amended and Malta became a Republic, having Sir Anthony Mamo as its first President.
 Malta & Gozo
New Year's Day
01 Jan

New Year's Day

The start of a brand new year is a day of celebration all around the world.
 Malta & Gozo