name = Bidnija
official_name = Il-Bidnija
inhabitants_name = Tal-Bidnija
population_total = 308 (2nd smallest village)
area = 3.8
latitude = 35°55 '37"
longitude = 14°23 '54"
Mgarr, Mosta, St. Paul's Bay
feast = 3rd Sunday of July
Bidnija is a rural hamlet situated in the central northern part of
Malta, and home to 308 people (by 2008) which means that it is the second smallest village in the Maltese islands. The inhabitants consider themselves as one family as they are all members of one big family. Bidnija is a tiny village even by Maltese standards, and is located between two main valleys which are 'Wied Qannotta' and 'Wied Tal-Pwales' that extends into other small valleys surrounding the area. It is still largely a farmer's village since it is entirely surrounded by fields which mainly belongs to the inhabitants themselves, although in recent years many have moved here in order to enjoy the quiet life amidst the countryside.
In the present, Bidnija does not have its own local council. However in these last years Bidnija has become divided into 3 main parts with most of it in the limits of
Mostalocal council, another part in the limits of St. Paul's Baylocal council and the remaining part in the limits of Mgarrlocal council.
Bidnija has good horse riding facilities and is also home of a clay pigeon shooting club. One can also find a good restaurant here which specialises in the traditional Maltese Rabbit Stew. Its small church is dedicated to the Holy Family and a Feast is celebrated in July.
History of Bidnija
Bidnija is situated in the northern central part of Malta which through ages was a very good position and active part in Malta.
Bidnija took its name from the 'Bidni olive trees' grove that is found in this village and can date back to "5,000 years". Antique Olive Grove at Bidnija has a
Protected areastatus [ [http://sea.unep-wcmc.org/wdbpa/sitedetails.cfm?siteid=174758&level=nat] ] . These olives are of good importance to olive-oil's productivity. Archaeologists and Researchers also believe some Roman remains (e.g. Roman villa) can be found nearby, as Bidnija makes part of the rural surroundings of Rabat ( Mdina), which served as a City in those ages, and also is not far from Salinacoast which is said that was a Roman harbour.
When looking at Bidnija hill, one can see such small rooms spread all around the hill's edges. These served for the English soldiers to stay in watching the Maltese island during the
World War IIas Malta was an English colony in those times. This was surely one of the best places to choose to make the watch as one can see a great part of the Maltese island from up here.
In the 1920's a church designed by master mason Salvu Zahra, was built in the area by the inhabitants themselves to serve for their spiritual needs. This church is dedicated to the
Holy Familyof Nazareth. A titular painting, together with two other works in this church are painted by Ganni Vella. The titular statue of the Holy Family made by Wistin Camilleri was blessed in July 1977 by the Archpriest of Mosta of those years Mons. Bartolomeo Bezzina and a procession was made for the first time. The Feast with the procession in the streets of Bidnija is celebrated by the people of this village on the 3rd Sunday of July.
treets in Bidnija
*Triq is-Sagra Familja
*Triq Għajn Riħana
*Triq Ta' l-Għażżi
*Triq Ta' Ħal-Dragu
*Triq Ta' Ġebel Għawżara
*Sqaq Ta' San Pawl Milqi
Zones Around Bidnija
*Ħotba ta' San Martin
* [http://bidnija-malta.hi5.com Bidnija village] at bidnija-malta.hi5.com (Bidnija village)
* [http://www.mosta.gov.mt/locality4a.asp Bidnija limits of Mosta] at mosta.gov.mt (Mosta Local Council)
* [http://www.stpaulsbay-online.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1159 Bidnija limits of St.Paul's Bay] at stpaulsbay-online.com (St.Paul's Bay Local Council)
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