Madeiran Traditions

FOLKLORE

Folklore is understood in each region or country, as a genuine manifestation of the people’s cultural traditions. In Madeira island, there are folklore shows all year round, particularly during the celebrations of certain agricultural tasks, such as harvesting, reaping... read more

TRADITIONAL COSTUME

The traditional costume of Madeira is the subject of much speculation regarding its origin and evolution. It is supposed that it was affected by several domestic and foreign influences, especially Minhota, Moorish, African and Flemish. It is common to see florists... read more

MADEIRA EMBROIDERY

Madeira embroidery began to be produced about 150 years ago and became an important commodity in the 19th and 20th centuries. In that period, it began to be sold in several international markets, including the United Kingdom, Italy, the United States... read more

POPULAR SAINTS

Throughout Madeira island, the month of June is synonymous with celebration in praise of the three popular saints. All parishes celebrate these festivities more or less intensively. The Festivities in honour of Saint Anthony are centred in the parish with the... read more


FESTIVALS (ARRAIAIS)

In the Madeira Islands, all parishes celebrate religious festivities and pilgrimages, most of which are organized by the “festeiro” [host] - a person who pays the expenses of the festivity and the religious celebrations. In these festivals there is always entertainment, with... read more


FESTIVAL NOSSA SENHORA DO MONTE

On 15th August, the patron saint of Funchal and of the entire Diocese is celebrated. More than a tradition, which has been kept for many years, it is above all an expression of faith, which attracts thousands of people to the centre of the parish. The festivity extends from... read more


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