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Santa Maria – Feast of Assumption – 15th August

Santa Maria – Feast of Assumption

Santa Maria, also known as the Feast of Assumption, is celebrated on 15th August every year and is a Public Holiday here in Malta.

Santa Maria, (Santa Marija – Maltese spelling), is a very important date in the Roman Catholic calendar and  marks the ascent  of ‘Our lady’ the Virgin Mary, into heaven. As one of Malta’s most popular and celebrated Festas, one can expect plenty of food, colour, noise, fireworks and fun.

Anyone that has spent even a short time in Malta, knows the Maltese love noise and any excuse to party and have a good time, and Santa Maria is no exception!

Festa’s aside, Santa Maria is still true to its traditional religious aspects and is also celebrated religiously and solemnly in the many churches across the island of Malta and sister island of Gozo.

Celebrations take place all over the island but the largest Festa’s are held in the towns and villages of  Hal Għaxaq, Gudja, Attard, Mosta, Mqabba, Qrendi in Malta and Victoria in Gozo.

With their impressive traditional Maltese firework displays, colourful decorations and exciting Festa atmospheres, vising one of these towns and villages for the celebrations is well recommended.

Celebrations also include band marches, traditional Maltese food stalls,  along with the traditional street decorations of colourful  drapery, religious statues and sculptured pedestals, some of them dating back over a 100 years or more.

Happy Santa Maria and don’t forget to add your photos of the celebrations to our facebook page or Instagram #esemalta

 

Samantha Dixon - ESE Malta Author: Samantha Dixon

About the Author: Samantha is British and has taught English as a foreign language in several different countries including Thailand and Finland. She has been with ESE since March 2016 and has recently joined the Marketing team as a Marketing Executive. Samantha enjoys being creative, painting and writing when time allows. She also enjoys spending time with her 3 year old son, soaking up the Maltese sun.