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Lija has its origins in prehistory as is evident from the Megalithic tombs unearthed in 1967. However, the present village derives from the elevation to parochial status in the late 16th century. Residents amount to over three thousand.

Lija is best known for its oranges and citrus fruit, for its beautiful feast held on the 6th of August and for its famous pyrotechnics.

All Three Villages of Attard, Balzan and Lija, lay within the parish boundaries of Birkirkara. Like Attard and Balzan,

Lija is a quaint village with old, narrow, winding roads and contains numerous old, large country residences, many of which have seen a variety of historical events.

Villa Preziosi was used by the French troops during their invasion.

In 1837, a time when primary education was introduced in Malta, Lija was among the first to have its own school being situated in one of the large houses adjacent to San Anton Gardens.

Main Clubs of Lija are: Band Club Papa San Piju X - Sir Ugo Mifsud Street; St. Andrija Club - Bakery Street;
Saint Michaels Firework Factory and Ghaqda ta L-armar tal-Festi - Parish Church.

This is part one of the series, "The Three Villages" which lay in the centre of Malta.

Photos by Choy Hong (Jasmine) Grech
Video by Alfred & Jasmine Grech, Mosta, Malta

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