The Three Kings in Malta
The date 6th January is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. It is also called as Epiphany and it is a festive day of commemoration of the arrival of the three kings, Gasper, Balthazar and Melchior with the three gifts gold, frankincense and myrrh for the New Born Jesus.
So how this day looks like in Malta?
In Malta Epiphany (It-Tre Re = The Three Kings) is not a public holiday anymore, while in other countries nobody is working and everything is closed on this day. It is a very surprising fact that in such a religious country like Malta, such a religious day like The Three Kings is not on the list of public holidays.
It doesn’t mean it was never a free day off, but in the 1980s they just simply cancelled it. Today January 6 is a normal school day and working day for the Maltese. In Malta they are mostly celebrating this holiday on the first Sunday of the year, which is actually in 2013 one and the same day.
However presenting concerts in honor of Epiphany is very common here. The concert including the prestigious annual Epiphany Concert is organized by the Malta Council for Culture and Arts, performed by the National Orchestra.