Annual Festa Il-Victoria 

History of the Festa

Each September 8th the Maltese gather to celebrate Our Lady of Victory, Maria Bambina. September 8th is the Birth of Our Lady, the Mother of God and is tied to two important dates of victory and rebirth in history. The first victory is known as the Great Siege of 1565. This is where the Ottoman Empire was set out to crush Christianity in Europe and established base in Malta. For five months the island defended the shores and on 8 September 1565 the remaining Turkish army left Malta. Then again during the Second World War, after three years of withstanding bombs from the Italian air force, the Maltese people and British forces defended the islands and the siege was truly lifted on 8 September 1943 when Italy ceded.

Celebration

The Maltese American Benevolent Society has been hosting the Festa Il-Victoria for the past 12 years. This is a day of joyous celebration. The day begins with a Mass at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church followed by festivities at the Maltese American Benevolent Society in Detroit, Michigan. Traditional Maltese dishes are served as well as American cuisine. In addition to food, there are Maltese vendors and a 50/50 raffle. This event is the pinnicle of Maltese Celebration in Detroit. 

On September 12th, 2021, we held our 12th annual festa. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it was incredibly exciting to finally host an event filled with Maltese people. The day started with Mass at Most Holy Trinity. The club introduced a beautiful new statue of Our Lady of Victory, commissioned in Malta, and blessed by Monsignor Kosanke. The day was warm and nice with a large turnout. Rabbit Stew and Baked Macaroni were the highlighted Maltese dishes. Our vendors included Rachel Cini-Darin with Petite Patroits, Paul & Maria Galea with homeade Maltese cheese, Mary Anne Hart with etched insulated drink bottles and apparel, and Gract Muscat Harris with stained glass and jewelry. Overall, it was a great event! The 13th annual Festa will take place on September 11th, 2022. Be on the lookout for more details! 

Take a look at the 2021 Festa Booklet by clicking on the middle picture below!

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Thank you to those who donated to our new statue of Our Lady of Victory, Maria Bambina!

Larry Busuttil

John & Grace Caruana

Tony Caruana (+)

Paul & Lucy Cefia

Robert Felice

Sam & Lily Flask

Raymond Formosa

Lou & Nancy Grech-Cumbo

MABSI

Carmen Micallef

Mario & Lily Micallef

John Miffie

Joseph & Nancy Mifsud

Fred & Josie Portelli

Toni Portelli

Joe & Lisa Said

Eleno Sammut

Noel & Marlene Scicluna

Paul Scicluna

Christopher Sultana

Fortun Sultana

George Sultana

Manuel Sultana

Victor & Grace Sultana

Fortun Zammit

Sam Zammit

Ray Z.