Date Last Updated: 25th January 2020
Malta fireworks is part of the Maltese culture traditions. We celebrate at least 98 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.
Till now NO tours are being held.
As from 1st July 2020 all planned Malta village feasts up to 31st December 2020 are going to be held. Previous feasts that have been cancelled will find an alternative date. The Archdiocese of Malta states that the village feast must only be celebrated on the feast day or the following Sunday both morning or evening. The feast will have the celebration of mass and a pilgrimage procession with prayers and thanksgiving with the patron saint statue of the village.
Why choose this tour?
- The tour will take you to the centre of the village where you will have the opportunity to 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?
- These tours are held between May and October.
What time will the transport pick us up?
- The general pick-up time from any hotel in Malta is between 18:45 and 20:00
- 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?
- The service of pick up and drop off from any Malta hotel.
- Cancellation is free up to 24 hours before the start of the tour
- Guided fireworks festival tour
- A local licensed English-speaking tour guide
How do I book this tour?
- First select the number of adults (€23) or/and children (€17) which will be attending the tour.
- Second select the date you would like to attend this tour. There are several dates when the tour is operated. You will find them below. Since the tour is not held everyday, the available dates will be marked in green.
- After you have selected the dates, click add to basket.
- When you are ready to check out, click the check out button.
- You will then have to fill up a form with necessary details which includes the hotel you are staying in.
- Enter you payment details then click Proceed to Payment
Till now the only available date for purchase is for Sunday 9th February 2020
- 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.
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 with exact days of the feast or an indicative calendar for the month when the feast occurs for each individual month.