L-Mnarja, which falls on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul on 29 June, continues to be considered as one of the principal feasts on the Maltese islands, associated with popular customs and traditions.
As happens every year, the day is marked by events at Buskett, Malta's largest area of natural woodland. It was the custom centuries ago that in a marriage contract the groom had to promise the bride to take her to the Buskett Mnarja celebrations after they were married.L-Mnarja celebrations date back even further than the arrival of the Knights of St John in 1530. The festival is named L-Mnarja, a corruption of the Italian 'Luminara' and means festival of light. It is named after the bonfires that used to light up the festivities in the towns of Mdina and Rabat.