Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean (in its eastern basin), some 93 km (57.79 mi) south of the Italian island of Sicily across the Malta Channel.
These days are to be observed as public holidays and it is by law that the National Flag of Malta is flown on public buildings on such days. There are 5 national holidays during the year: Independence Day, Republic Day, Freedom Day, Feast of Our Lady of Victories and Sette Giugno.
Malta has a Subtropical–Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm to hot summers. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry.