Category Archives: Traditions

What is an Arraial?

levadeiro/ August 8, 2011/ Events, FAQ, Folklore, Life, Madeira, Madeira Islands, Traditions, Uncategorized

Madeira has various ‘Arraiais‘ all year round. Arraiais are traditional regional festivities that is celebrated with street processions, flower carpets, churches and street decorations with lights, colorful flags, music, traditional folklore, food and drink. Each town/parish has its own Arraial and they can differ one from another. To give you an impression of such an Arraial …. check out the

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The Cherry Picker from Jardim da Serra

levadeiro/ July 27, 2011/ Images, Island, Life, Madeira, Traditions, Uncategorized

A beautiful video created by Heitor Rodrigues of a Madeiran cherry picker (apanhador de cerejas) Sr. Agostinho of the village Jardim da Serra. Enjoy the serenity and un-stressfulness when Sr. Agostinho picks the cherries to sell them at the Funchal Market (Mercado dos Lavradores). Next time you buy and eat a Madeiran cherry …. remember this video.

Columbus Festival – Festival Colombo 2011

levadeiro/ April 8, 2011/ Attractions, Events, Folklore, History, Images, Island, Madeira Islands, People, PortoSanto, Tips, Traditions, Uncategorized, Video

The Columbus Festival was first held in 2000 with the aim of launching a quality cultural tourism offer on the island of Porto Santo. This year it will be held from 15th till 17th of September 2011. The event is based around the historical figure of Christopher Columbus, who had close links with Madeira both as a sugar trader during

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Braguinha de Madeira

levadeiro/ February 16, 2011/ Madeira, Madeira Islands, Music, Traditions, Video

Machete (Braguinha) is characteristic instrument of Madeira Island. It is a small guitar with four gut strings that are tuned in thirds, with the exception of the two main strings, which have an interval of a fourth. This instrument is used by farmers at feasts and dance. The music is vulgar in a succession of simple chords, but in the

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Poncha da Madeira

levadeiro/ February 14, 2011/ Madeira, Tips, Traditions, Uncategorized

The Poncha is a drink originated in India, brought by the British, and adapted by Madeirans. The Indian name given to the drink, namely pãnch, was initially composed by five ingredients: Rice or nut coconut spirit, sugar, tea of fresh herbs, spices and water. It is believed now that the Poncha has been experienced for the first time outside India,

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What is Carnival / Carnaval?

levadeiro/ January 17, 2011/ Attractions, Carnaval, Events, Fun, Traditions, Uncategorized

Soon the Carnival fever will start here on Madeira Island … see previous post Carnival – Mardi Gras – Carnaval But have you asked yourself … what does the word “Carnival” stand for? Wikipedia offers some answers: The Carnival Season is a holiday period during the two weeks before the traditional Christian fasting of Lent. The origin of the name

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