Girish Mahajan

Victory Day (Malta)

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Also called  Il-Vitorja Il-Bambina
Date  8 September
Observed by  Malta
Frequency  annual
Victory Day (Malta)
Significance  In remembrance of the victories in the Sieges of Malta of 1565, 1800 and 1943.
Next time  8 September 2017 (2017-09-08)

Victory Day, 8 September, is a national holiday in Malta. It is locally known as il-Vitorja (the Victory) and il-Bambina (Baby Mary). It marks the following events:

  • The victory by the Knights of St. John ending the Great Siege by the Turks of 1565.
  • The rebellion against the French troops occupying Malta in September 1800
  • Italy ended hostilities against the Allies marking an end to siege of Malta in 1943, and turned against its former German ally.
  • The day is also connected to the Nativity of Mary, and in fact feasts are celebrated in Xagħra, Naxxar, Senglea, and Mellieħa on the day.

    The traditional regatta featuring boat races in the Grand Harbour is also held on Victory Day.

    References

    Victory Day (Malta) Wikipedia


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