|On 13 December 1974 Malta became a Republic by resolution of the House of Representatives.
This day is now a public holiday on which various events are held including military parades, and horse races at Marsa. The monument of Republic Day is at Marsa. Also known in Maltese as “Jum ir-Repubblika” and “Diċembru tlettax”, December 13 marks the day that Malta became a republic. On Republic Day the President of Malta, on behalf of the Government and the people of Malta, pays public tribute to Maltese citizens that have distinguished themselves in different fields. Celebrations are held in the Presidential Palace in Valletta, and on Republic Street, a military parade is held by the Armed Forces of Malta. The streets are colorfully decorated with hanging banners with the Maltese flag and the country’s colors, red and white. Several events are organized by the Malta Council for Culture and Arts, including popular Maltese folk dances such as the il-Maltija and the parata, performed with wooden sticks. Fireworks displays are organized all over the archipelago of Malta, commonly referred to as “giggifogu.
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