• Festival of the Popular Saints 2018

Originally celebrated on the 21st of June to worship the pagan summer solstice, this festival is as significant now as it was back then; although today three famous saints, St. Anthony (Santo Antonio), St. John (São João) and St. Peter (São Pedro) are honoured instead of summer itself.

The celebrations start on the 12th and 13th of June by paying tribute to St. Anthony (Santo Antonio), whose name is said to create a unique feeling within the parish he presides over. On the 23rd all of the saints come together as a parade in their honour takes place through several streets in Funchal (Rua das Pretos, Rua da Carreira and Rua de São João), creating a very lively and fun evening.

Between the 21st and 25th June, the inhabitants of Porto Santo pay homage to St. John (São João), creating one of the most notable and famous attractions on the island. This encompassing event comprises costumed parades, cultural activities and sporting events such as golf and tennis tournaments.

The festivities conclude during the weekend of the 27th – 30th June in Câmara de Lobos and Ribeira Brava, where the final parades for St. Peter (São Pedro) are held. Like many Madeiran religious festivals, this weekend embraces worship, food, family and entertainment. The celebrations conclude with a firework display that lights up the heavens in a dramatic display of colour and light.

So, welcome to joyous June, and we hope you will take some time out to enjoy the festivities listed above.

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