The feast is held in honour of St Paul, or rather the Shipwreck of St Paul, recorded in Acts 28, in 60 AD. St Paul was on his way to Rome from Jerusalem when a storm blew his vessel onto Malta's shores.
According to tradition, St Paul established the first Christian community on the Island.
Religious ceremonies and street festivities are held in and around St Paul's Shipwreck Parish, Valletta.
This event is a National Public Holiday and a Religious Feast.