When are the public holidays in Malta?

When are the public holidays in Malta?

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When are the public holidays in Malta?

Malta has 14 Public Holidays during which some businesses and attractions may be closed. These public holidays are spread throughout the year and mark religious, historical and special events.


ESE is always closed when there is a public holiday and no lessons take place; however, lessons are partially made up during that same week.

St. Paul's Feast 2014 - Public holiday
The Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck, which is celebrated on the 10th of February

Things to do in Malta during a Public Holiday

A holiday presents you the perfect opportunity to discover more of Malta. Whether you visit one of Malta’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the City of Valletta, the Megalithic Temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum or attend a special event, or just relax at the beach, be certain that you will surely not be disappointed!

Below is a comprehensive list of all the public holidays in Malta:

  • 10 February – Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck
  • 19 March – Feast of St. Joseph
  • 31 March – Freedom Day
  • 7 April – Good Friday
  • 1 May – Workers’ Day
  • 7 June – Commemoration of the 1919 Riot / Sette Giugno
  • 29 June – Feast of St Peter and St Paul / Mnarja
  • 15 August – Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady / Santa Marija
  • 8 September – Feast of Our Lady of Victories / Victory Day
  • 21 September – Independence Day
  • 8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • 13 December – Republic Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
Hagar Qim Temple Malta
Hagar Qim Temple - one of Malta's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

You may choose to combine your English language programme with one of Malta’s Public Holidays so that you may benefit from learning more about the history of Malta whilst benefitting from improving your English language skills! Book your course by clicking here.


Focus on Fluency
  • Public Holidays (noun): a nationally recognized day when most businesses and other institutions are closed.
  • Religious (adjective): relating to or believing in a religion.
  • Historical (adjective): relating to or about history.
  • Partially (adverb): only in part; to a limited extent.
  • UNESCO (abbreviation): The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which aims to create world peace and security.
  • Megalithic (adjective): relating to or denoting prehistoric monuments made of or containing large stones.
  • Shipwreck (noun): the destruction of a ship at sea by sinking or breaking up, such as during a storm.
  • Commemoration (noun): the action or fact of celebrating a dead person or past event.
  • Assumption (noun): the reception of the Virgin Mary bodily into heaven.
  • Republic (noun): a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives rather than a king or queen.