Maltese Republic Day

National and public holidays in Malta National Holiday in Malta

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When is Maltese Republic Day?

How long until Republic day?
This holiday next takes place in 207 Days.
Dates of Republic day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Sunday December 13th
2019 Friday December 13th
2018 Thursday December 13th
2017 Wednesday December 13th
1 Day
Local Name
Jum ir-Repubblika
On 13 December 1974, the Maltese constitution was substantially revised changing Malta from a Commonwealth realm into a republic

This holiday is always celebrated on 13 December. In Malta, it is called 'Jum ir-Repubblika'.

This holiday is one of five national days in Malta and marks the day in 1974, when Malta became a republic.

History of Maltese Republic Day

On 13 December 1974, the Maltese constitution was substantially revised.

This effectively changed Malta from being a Commonwealth realm into a republic. The British monarch was no longer head of state and Sir Anthony Mamo became the first president of Malta.

Despite independence and becoming a republic, British troops did not leave Malta until 31 March 1979; this was the first time in its long history that Malta was free from foreign soldiers. That day is commemorated by another public holiday - Freedom Day.

13 December is also the Feast Day of saint Lucia, the patron saint of Malta.

How is Maltese Republic Day celebrated?

To mark the day the President of Malta presents awards to those who have served their country or achieved success for Malta. Celebrations take place at St. George's Square in Valletta.

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