Date Last Updated: 8th September 2021
Malta fireworks is part of the Maltese culture traditions. We celebrate at least 98 village feasts in our towns and village to the patron saint of each locality. It is a very old tradition linked with traditional religious ties over the last four centuries. It is also part of our character to expose our desire to celebrate and not the least with lots of noise.
We compete in all aspects between villages and band club with pyrotechnic capabilities. So much money is spent every year on fireworks displays with a spectacle of colours spread over various days of the week before the actual feast day.
Every year during April the Malta International Fireworks Festival is held with the participation of local and foreign pyrotechnic companies from all five continents. It is one of the main attractions in Malta with a spectacle of colours display in Malta’s magnificent Grand Harbour, Bugibba and Marsaxlokk bays.
There are plenty of International events in Malta and this festival is one of them.
Why choose this tour?
The tour will take you to the centre of the village where you will see the decorated church, street decorations, band marches, nougat stalls and the villagers dressed at their best, gathered at the main squares.
Since the aerial fireworks are lit late in the evenings it is best to use a guided tour since public transport service will switch to its night service and getting back to your hotel will be more difficult.
If you have a rented car it is the best solution but still parking will definitely be a big problem since roads leading to the centre will be closed and many Maltese people will attend the feasts and you will surely park at a distance from the parish church centre.
When is the Local Fireworks Tour held?
What time will the transport pick us up?
These are specific times in certain villages where the private transport will pass from:
Cirkewwa and Attard: 18:45 | Mellieha and Valletta: 19:00 | Xemxija, Golden Bay and Sliema: 19:15 | Bugibba and St. Julian's: 19:30
What is included with the price?
How do I book this tour?
The tour operator repeats the same village tours the day before the feast day where there will be the same feast but with a different program and no procession.
The villages are renowned to let off fantastic aerial and ground fireworks late in the evening after the local bands perform their musical programs at the main square of the village. An occasion not to miss this unique Maltese cultural and traditional way of celebrating their village saint feast.
fireworks display goes back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St. John. They
specialized in this tradition as it was one of the times used in those days.
They used to fire canon shots and musketerija. These were called pyrotechnics at the time. They were used to be fired to celebrate the arrival of a Knight, or the arrival of a new born to an important European family, or when a new pope was elected and the celebration of St. John’s feast the patron saint of the Knights of Malta.
By time this evolved into the fireworks of today, which are let out from rooftops together with the rotating wheel which let out rotating multi-colour fireworks. We call this jigjifogo.
Today many enthusiasts work in their village small factories manufacturing petards all year round for the village feasts. Unfortunately it is a dangerous hobby as many accidents and explosions have occurred but the enthusiasm remains.
The villagers will not enjoy their feast without Malta fireworks. They are awesome to watch. See our calendar of feast days in Maltese with exact days of the feast or an indicative calendar for the month when the feast occurs for each individual month.