Freedom Day in Malta in 2020

Freedom Day in Malta in 2020
  How long until Freedom Day?
This holiday next takes place in 135 days.
  Dates of Freedom Day in Malta
2021 Malta Wed, Mar 31 Public Holiday
2020 Malta Tue, Mar 31 Public Holiday
2019 Malta Sun, Mar 31 Public Holiday
2018 Malta Sat, Mar 31 Public Holiday
2017 Malta Fri, Mar 31 Public Holiday
  Summary
Commemorated on the anniversary of the withdrawal of British troops from Malta in 1979
  Local name
Jum il-Ħelsien

When is Freedom Day in Malta?

This national holiday is always celebrated on 31 March.

In Malta, it is called ' Jum il-Ħelsien'.

The holiday marks the 31 March 1979 which was the date on which the British military finally withdrew from Malta and its sister island Gozo.

In 1814, Malta had become a crown colony of the British Empire after the British had help expel occupying French forces.

Following the heroic defense of the island during World War II, King George VI had promised the Maltese people self government which they gained in 1947. This eventually led to independence from Britain in 1964 and Malta becoming a republic later that year.

British forces remained on the island until 31 March 1979, when the Defence Treaty with Britain came to an end.

The removal of British was partly financial. When the Labour government came to power in Malta in 1971, it renegotiated the the lease agreement that allowed British forces to stay on the island until 1979 at an increased rent.

This withdrawal meant that for the first time in over a thousand years, Malta had no foreign military presence on its land.

The main events of the activities commemorating this date take place at the Freedom Day Monument at Vittoriosa and at the War Memorial in Floriana. In the afternoon the Grand Harbour hosts a competitive regatta.

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