Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

NATIONAL ANNUAL EVENTS
 
The Maltese Islands have a very dynamic calendar of events ranging from folklore to culture, from traditions to contemporary art installations.  These events take place throughout the year.
 
The season of the famous and colourful festi starts in May and culminates on the 15th of August with Santa Marija which is also a national holiday.  Some of these festi, like the harvest festival, popularly called Mnarja, the feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul on the 29th of June have been celebrated for hundreds of years and are a solid reflection of Maltese folklore.
 
Fireworks, bands, processions, street decorations fuse together and create a magical atmosphere in every town and village of Malta and Gozo.
 
Christmas and Easter are celebrated in a very unique way in Malta when it comes to culinary, religious and social aspects.  The Holy Week and especially the Good Friday processions all over the Islands are simply must see events.
 
Then there are other annual events like the carnival of Malta, one of the oldest surviving carnivals, which dates back to the time of the Knights of St. John.
 
There is the International Jazz Festival at the beginning of every summer, a festival which has attracted the best talent from all over the world.
 
Notte Bianca, is the night when Valletta, the Capital City of Malta, stays awake all night as it turns into one big festival of food, culture, and history. This event is celebrated in October every year.
 
Gozo has its very own annual event; the Mediterranea which as the name suggests is all about the essence of the Islands' very existence, the energetic heart of the Mediterranean.