Symbols of the Republic of Malta
Flag of MaltaDesign: White in the hoist and red in the fly, with a representation of the George Cross, edged with red, in the canton of the white stripe
Coat of arms of the Republic of Malta
Based on national symbol. - national symbol, described by the Emblem and Public Seal of Malta Act of 1988.
Merchant Flag of Malta
The Merchant Flag of Malta, the civil ensign, was introduced by the Merchant Shipping Act of 1964 and consists of a red field bordered in white, with a white Maltese Cross at its centre. This flag is flown by Maltese civilian vessels as their ensign. Maltese military vessels fly the National Flag.
National Anthem of Malta
Lil din l-art ħelwa, l-Omm li tatna isimha,
Ħares, Mulej, kif dejjem Int ħarist:
Ftakar li lilha bil-oħla dawl libbist.
Agħti, kbir Alla, id-dehen lil min jaħkimha,
Rodd il-ħniena lis-sid, saħħa 'l-ħaddiem:
Seddaq il-għaqda fil-Maltin u s-sliem.
Public Holidays in Malta 2019
- 1 Jan - New Year's Day
- 10 Feb - Feast of St Paul's Shipwreck
- 19 Mar - Feast of St Joseph
- 31 Mar - Freedom Day
- 19 Apr - Good Friday
- 1 May - Workers' Day
- 7 Jun - Sette Giugno
- 29 Jun - Feast of St Peter and St Paul
Valletta, Malta / Photo source: Pixabay
- 15 Aug - Feast of the Assumption
- 8 Sep - Victory Day
- 21 Sep - Independence Day
- 8 Dec - Immaculate Conception
- 13 Dec - Republic Day
- 25 Dec - Christmas Day
Nature, culture, history as well as sea and sun.
Culture of Malta
History of Malta
Malta has a long history and was first inhabited in around 5900 BC. The first inhabitants were farmers, and their agricultural methods degraded the soil until the islands became uninhabitable. The islands were repopulated in around 3850 BC by a civilization which at its peak built the Megalithic Temples, which today are among the oldest surviving buildings in the world. Their civilization collapsed in around 2350 BC, but the islands were repopulated by Bronze Age warriors soon afterwards.
Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans
Phoenician traders colonised the islands sometime after 1000 BCE as a stop on their trade routes from the eastern Mediterranean to Cornwall, joining the natives on the island. The Phoenicians inhabited the area now known as Mdina, and its surrounding town of Rabat, which they called Maleth. The Romans, who also much later inhabited Mdina, referred to it (and the island) as Melita.
Knights of Malta
The Order of Saint John (also known as the Knights Hospitaller, or the Knights of Malta) were the rulers of Malta and Gozo between 1530 and 1798. During this period, the strategic and military importance of the island grew greatly as the small yet efficient fleet of the Order of Saint John launched their attacks from this new base targeting the shipping lanes of the Ottoman territories around the Mediterranean Sea.
Maltese cuisine reflects Maltese history; it shows strong Italian and English influences as well as Spanish, French, Maghrebin, Provençal, and other Mediterranean cuisines.
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