Madeira New year festivities – Reveillon
Legend of Saint Sylvester
The Funchal reveillon. On the previous night of this year, becoming the Virgin Mary tilting in the heavens across the sea, St. Sylvester arrived to talk to her. Even the Virgin Mary confided in him that the reason for her sadness: she recalled that the lovely Atlantis, sunken by God as a punishment onto its people. While she had been talking, Our Lady wept tears of sadness and compassion.
St. Sylvester noticed that they weren’t tears but actual pearls. One of those tears fell on the place where the outstanding Atlantis once existed today gave place to the creation of Madeira Island which from then on was known as the Pearl of the Atlantic.
For a long time old people used to say that, at the night of St. Sylvester, at the strike of twelvemonths, took place a wonderful vision of light and colors that lighted up the skies spreading a fascinating cologne in the air.
With the passage of this vision disappeared, but locals kept this tradition alive in the renowned New Year’s Eve festivities utilizing a fireworks display to celebrate the jungle of St. Sylvester.
December 31st – New Year’s Eve Festivities Madeira
With the amphitheatre of Funchal fully lit up, the stage is set for a memorable show.
A dazzling night, that incites and requires everyone’s breath away. Next year there will be more…!
Celebrate the New Year with joyfulness and enthusiasm without needing champagne and the conventional twelve raisins. The merriment continues throughout the night until sunrise, in the hotels, discos, bars and in the private parties.
This is, without doubt, an unforgettable dawn that welcomes the coming of the New Year in the most effective way possible.
Madeira fireworks show
This season theme is inspired on cruise liners, in a tribute to commemorations of the centenary of the Port of Funchal, for producing the first agency for the management of Madeira’s port infrastructure.
This magnificent fireworks display, which is among the most important tourist attractions in Madeira, has been internationally recognised in 2006 from the Guinness Book of Records as the”Largest fireworks display on earth”