New Year celebrations in Madeira Island
Madeira´s New Year celebrations are one of the biggest events in Madeira Island. In December, the streets fill with people in the atmosphere of great joy and happiness. Tourists get astonished with the beauty of flowers (holly and lady´s slippers, poinsettias) around the streets. Besides, there are also Christmas carols ringing out in the streets, in order to recreate the Christmas spirit.
On the 31st of December the amphitheater of Funchal, including Funchal bay gets ready for the biggest event of the year. There are a lot of fireworks stations. Besides, the city is illuminated by more than 400.000 colored lights, whereas the hillsides are illuminated with white lights.
When the clock strives twelve on 31st (December), the sky gets illuminated with lots of colors and hope for the New Year. This spectacle lasts for ten minutes. During and after the fireworks, people toast to a better year, with champagne, liquors, and also eat the typical Madeiran honey cake (made of sugar cane molasses and which is hand cut).
Magnificent luxurious boats and cruises fill the marina of Funchal during the event. Many locals and tourists gather to enjoy the mega spectacle. National and international celebrities also come to Madeira to enjoy this spectacle.
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