Jum Ghawdex commemorates 219th anniversary of the Gozitan uprising
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On Saturday evening a ceremony was held in Independence Square, Victoria, to mark the occasion of ‘Jum Ghawdex’ or Gozo Day,
The memorial ceremony commemorated the 219th anniversary of the uprising of the Gozitans against the French, which was led by Archpriest Saver Cassar in 1798.
There was a Mass at the Gozo Cathedral and the placing of wreaths at the monument of the Archpriest Saver Cassar on Independence Square.
This event was held under the patronage of the President of Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. who was accompanied by her husband Edgar Preca.
Also in attendance was the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana and her husband Silvio Valletta, Joe Cordina of Gozo Channel, the Mayor of Victoria Samuel Azzopardi, together with other Mayors from the villages across Gozo, among others.
The 28th of October has become known as ‘Jum Ghawdex’ or Gozo Day. This is to commemorate one of the most famous chapters in Gozo’s history . . . the capitulation of the French in Gozo on the 28th of October 1798, under the leadership of the Gozitan Archpriest Saverio Cassar. The French stay in Gozo lasted only 141 days!
Photographs: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri