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Saint Joseph - March 19th, 2020


The public holiday of Saint Joseph is set on March 19th in Malta, always occurring during Lent. The day has been celebrated as a special day since the 10th century AD, and as a result of it falling during Lent, fish is usually substituted for meat on feasting tables.


“Malta's main celebrations on the day are held in Rabat and Mdina (aka the old capital of Malta and "the silent city"). You'll find that while some businesses close down for the Feast of Saint Joseph (as with Malta's other 14 feasts), most restaurants, cafes and bars will still be open for business as usual.”


On this day a lot of special masses take place at the National Sanctuary of Saint Joseph and at the Church of Saint Mary of Jesus. “The relics of Saint Joseph are carried in a procession on the day before the feast, while the main procession takes place in the evening when the statue of Saint Joseph is carried from the National Sanctuary of Saint Joseph to the Church of Saint Mary of Jesus.”


In Rabat throughout the day one will experience colourful processions as well as musical bands marching through the streets, followed by beautiful fireworks in the evening. 

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