Christmas lights and street animation
Happy moments from Christmas to the Epiphany
(Magi, three kings, three wise men
In Madeira, Christmas festivities and New Year’s Eve program, starts with the opening of the decorative lighting in the funchal downtown streets and extend to the january 6th with various cultural moments, religious, ethnographic and artistic.
On December 23th, the locals move to the local Market to the latest shopping and enjoy the Christmas choirs, bands concerts, folk performances and dancing, that helps to keep the party until sunrise.
The “birth masses”, the singing of kings door to door a few events that enliven Madeira at this time.
The cathaolic “birth” masses, the singing of the three kings, door to door, are some examples of events that enliven Madeira at this time of the year
Video: Christmas and New Year Celebrations in Madeira
New Year´s Eve in Madeira
When the sky lights up at midnight to welcome the new year!
On the island of Madeira, 2016 farewell and welcome to 2017 will feature a eight minutes pyrotechnics show. The funchal natural amphitheater, the waterfront, the downtown area and the sea are the chosen places for the fireworks launch.
This grand spectacle is one of the most important tourist events of Madeira that every year attracts thousands of tourists who enjoy this spectacular firework show and celebrations.
Madeira New Year Tradition
During the seventeenth century it was customary to light bonfires at the New Year’s Eve night to light and shine to Madeiran homes. In the following century, the resident British community began to launch rockets to mark the beginning of the new year.
This novelty would turn to be adopted by the wealthiest families on the island, emerging dispute over the family who had the best firework. Gradually, this way of celebrating the new year began to become popular and the first few seconds of each year began to be a real spectacle that did shine in Madeira sky in the most varied colors and shapes of fire firework that would make It famous and attract more people at this time of the year.
Currently, the firework is not so spontaneous, their preparation is thought to detail, and gained such spectacle that in 2006 entered the book of guinness world records as “the greatest fire firework show in the world”.
End of the year Festivities – Madeira 2016/17
Child Birth Masses