Republic Day in Malta

Republic Day is a public holiday observed annually on December 13th in Malta. Also known as Jum ir-Repubbika in Maltese, this holiday celebrates the creation of the Republic of Malta in 1974. It is a day for celebrations all over the country, but specifically at St. George’s Square in Valletta, where special ceremonies are held every year.

Because this holiday is a public holiday, the general population has the day off, and most schools, businesses, and government offices are closed. It is also a day on which public transportation in Malta may be on a reduced holiday schedule.

The History of Republic Day in Malta

The Constitution of Malta was revised on December 13, 1974. This revision changed the country from a Commonwealth into a full republic. The role of Regina ta Malta, or Queen of Malta, was abolished, and Sir Anthony Mamo became the first President of Malta. British troops did not fully leave Malta until March 31, 1979, and once they did, Malta was free of foreign military presence for the first time in a very long time.

Fun Facts About Malta

Below are some fun facts about Malta that people should be aware of when they are researching Republic Day.

  • Malta has a population of just over 425,000 people as of 2021.
  • The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English.
  • The name of this island nation comes from the Greek word for honey.
  • It is home to the Megalithic Temples of Malta—some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Malta was a British colony for over 150 years.
  • The island of Comino is almost uninhabited. In December 2020, only two people lived on the island.

Observing Republic Day in Malta

Republic Day is celebrated with special ceremonies at St. George’s Square in Valletta, and the President of Malta usually gives out special awards to those who have served the country in one way or another.

It is also a day on which there are parades, firework displays, and other events. The hashtag #RepublicDay is also used by some on social media to spread the word about this holiday.

Where is it celebrated?
Malta (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
December 13 Friday
Next year (2025)
December 13 Saturday
Last year (2023)
December 13 Wednesday