From 8 December 2013 untill 6 January 2014 The program for the Christmas and New Year festivities begin in December with the decorative lighting in the streets of downtown Funchal. These celebrations include a rich and diverse program of cultural, religious, ethnographic and artistic contributions in the course of December and ends with the celebration … Continue reading
A Facebook page with more than 1,500 images that portrays a “Madeira almost forgotten” (Madeira Quase Esquecida). The page, that has over 16,000 fans, is an altruistic and non-governmental project that aims, in particular, attracting the emigrant communities, so that they feel less distant towards their ‘home’ island … Madeira.
One of the most important religious events in the Archipelago of Madeira is Easter. Locals and tourists visit the various rural areas to see the Way of the Cross, a performance of the reenacting the final hours of Jesus Christ. Various religious events (Masses and Processions) will be taking place in the parishes. It is … Continue reading
The game Jogo do Balamento and Jogo do Pião (Spinning Top Game) are the oldest traditions of Easter in the Madeira Archipelago. “Jogo do Balamento” is a game between two people whom they combine a certain time of the day to meet and say the word “Balamento”. The first person finding the other one and … Continue reading
Noite do Mercado (Night of the Market) is a traditional celebration in Funchal that will take place tonight and will last all night long. The location of this event will take place in the famous Funchal market (Mercado dos Lavradores) and the streets surrounding the market. It will be crowded with joyful people creating a … Continue reading
The month of December marks the highlight of all of the regional events, which culminates with the New Year celebrations. This festive season is commonly known as “Festa” which celebrates the arrival of the Christmas season. “Festa” is lived intensely with a special feeling by the people of Madeira, until January 6th.
A simple instruction video in how to make your own Traditional Espetada Madeira style The beef is seasoned with garlic and sea-salt and then put on a skewer. It is then barbequed on a fire of wood. The skewer of a traditional espetada consists of a laurel stick — which can be found in abundance … Continue reading
The “Brinquinho” is the an instrument used to compass the rhythm of Madeira folklore. It is also the most important and well-know instrument in the “Bailinho” the traditional folklore dance of Madeira Island. The Brinquinho consists of a set of dolls, that are dressed in the typical Madeiran costumes, accompanied by castanets hanging on the … Continue reading