Malta Republic Day

Malta Republic Day

December 13
The Republic of Malta is a small country in the central Mediterranean that consists of seven islands. In 1814, as part of the Treaty of Paris, Malta became a crown colony of the British empire. The colony was used as a shipping waystation and fleet headquarters. Because of its close proximity to the Suez Canal, it was considered to be a very important outpost to the British territories in India.
On September 21, 1964, Malta was granted its independence from Britain. According to its 1964 constitution, Queen Elizabeth II would initially serve as the supreme leader of Malta, with a Governor-General serving as executive authority on her behalf. On December 13, 1974, Malta became a republic within the Commonwealth, with the President as head of state.
To commemorate the day the country became a republic, December 13 has been declared Republic Day in Malta. On this day, a big feast is held and Malta's National Anthem is played and/or sung at the end of all masses. In addition, the President of Malta presents national awards, namely the Order of Merit and ?ieh ir-Repubblika. These awards inspire a sense of patriotism, as they are awarded as a token of appreciation for those who honor their country through their achievements and service to their community.
Although Malta gained independence in 1964, the British armed forces did not completely leave until March 31, 1979. This was the first time in Malta's history that the country was free of foreign military. To commemorate this day, the people of Malta celebrate Freedom Day.
CONTACTS:
Malta Tourism Authority
Auberge D'Italie
Merchants St.
Valetta VLT 1170 Malta
www.visitmalta.com
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