Republic Day in Malta
Republic Day is a public holiday that’s 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’s 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’s 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 would be revised on December 13, 1974. This revision changed the country from a Commonwealth and into a full republic. The role of Regina ta Malta, or Queen of Malta, was abolished and Sir Anthony Mamo would become the first president of Malta. British troops didn’t fully leave Malta until March 31, 1979, and once they did, Malta was free of foreign history for the first time in a very long time.
Fun Facts About Malta
- 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’s 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 2 people lived on the island.
Observing Republic Day In Malta
Republic Day is celebrated with special ceremonies at St. George’s Square in Valetta and the President of Malta usually gives out special awards for those who have served the country in one way or another.
It’s also a day in 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.