The Malta Military Tattoo

Watch the Malta Military Tattoo against the backdrop of the Grandmaster’s Palace


Hundreds of people gather in the historical St George’s Square each year to experience the spectacular Malta Military Tattoo. The Maltese are proud of their musical heritage, and practice all year round to put on an unforgettable show. In fact, band clubs are central to Malta’s traditional entertainment culture – the island boasts 90 active band clubs, more than 3,500 band players and over 30,000 band club members!


The Malta Military Tattoo showcases an incredible line-up of both local and international talent. Book your stay at Rosselli – AX Privilege.


Origins of the Military Tattoo

Have you ever wondered how the Military Tattoo got its name? Well, the term ‘Tattoo’ originated in the 18th century in the Netherlands from the Dutch expression ‘tap-toe’. This word refers to the evening ritual when Dutch soldiers would criss-cross the streets to close the inns. The sound of mallets closing the beer barrels (the ‘tap-toe’) resembled the beat of a drum and the word soon became used to recall soldiers to their quarters for the night.


As time went by, ‘tap-toe’ morphed into ‘tattoo’, and the latter word was carried through the generations. Now, the word ‘Tattoo’ is used to refer to this extraordinary military celebration, which takes place in many cities all around the world.

The Malta Military Tattoo

Here in Malta, the Military celebration takes place in St George’s Square, Valletta, in front of the Grandmaster’s Palace. This very square has witnessed monumental moments in Malta’s history, such as in 1942, when Malta was formally awarded The George Cross for her defiant display of bravery during the Second World War.


As you walk towards St George’s Square, you will notice a plaque on the façade of the Grandmaster’s Palace, inscribed with King George VI’s letter, which reads: “To honour her brave people I award the George Cross to the Island Fortress of Malta to bear witness to a heroism and devotion that will long be famous in history”.


The Malta Military Tattoo is now a staple in the Maltese calendar of events, attracting visitors from all over the world each year.

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Photo Credits go to Military Tattoo Malta