The Maltese celebrate the feast of Saint Mary on the 15th of August in grand style. This feast is celebrated in seven localities in Malta and Gozo: Għaxaq, Qrendi, Gudja, Mosta, Attard, Imqabba and Victoria, Gozo. Saint Mary is also celebrated in Dingli, Imġarr, Malta and Żebbuġ, Gozo, on the following Sunday. The well-known sanctuary Ta’ Pinu in Gozo is also dedicated to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This feast is known the Feast of the Assumption because Mary was given the singular privilege of being raised to heaven with both body and soul.
On this day we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. Mary reminds us and teaches us that we should resemble Christ in everything that we do. This feast is very important to the Maltese because on this day 78 years ago, a ship full of food arrived in Malta and because of these, the Maltese did not starve during the War. The Maltese used to pray a lot to the Virgin Mary and this was a special blessing.