Independence Day

Independence Day Quick Facts - MT

AKA NameJum I-Indipendenza, Jum l-Indipendenza
Related Hashtags#Malta
2023 DateSeptember 21, 2023
2024 DateSeptember 21, 2024
Independence Day (MLT)

Independence Day History

Malta Independence Day celebrates Malta’s independence from Britain and the start of the island nation’s parliamentary democracy. Prior to 21 September 1964, Malta had been under British rule since the early 1800s. However, after independence in 1964, the British Monarch remained the head of state under the new parliamentary system until Malta became a Republic ten years later. Malta then joined the Commonwealth of Nations and has since maintained ties with Britain.

Malta Independence Day is held on September 21st. It is one of a number of Malta’s national holidays celebrating its independence which also include Freedom Day and Republic Day.

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Independence Day Facts & Quotes

  • In 1530, Pope Clement III granted Malta to the Order of St. John who remained on the island until Napoleon Bonaparte invaded in 1798 and expelled the Order.
  • The British arrived in 1800 and helped the Maltese people oust the French. The British would then remain on the island until 1974.
  • Malta has used the Euro as its form of currency ever since it joined the European Union in 2004. Before that the nation used the Maltese Lira.
  • Over 90% of the Maltese population is Roman Catholic and the nation is home to some 365 churches. That’s 1 church per 1100 people!
  • Independence is happiness. – Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and feminist.

Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend the Malta Independence Day celebration at the parliament building and open theatre. The area represents freedom, democracy and liberty and it is the ideal place to celebrate Malta’s independence.
  • Enjoy a typical Maltese dish. Try Lampuki pie (fish pie), bragioli (beef olives), kapunata (like Ratatouille) or helwa tak-tork (crushed sweet almonds).
  • Attend the Malta Independence Day parade. Many flags are flown and a full band plays during the parade, which marches throughout the capital city. It is a patriotic display that reinforces Malta’s freedom and pride as an independent nation.
  • Read a book about Malta and its history. Some of our favourites are: The Jew of Malta, Death in Malta and Earthly Powers.
  • Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtags #MaltaIndependenceDay #Jum1-Indipendenza and #MaltaDay.

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