Popular Saints - Traditions of Madeira
June is the month of the Popular Saints and the island of Madeira live it with joy.
Throughout the island, succeed celebrations in honor of Saint António, Saint João and Saint Pedro.
In Santo António, the tribute to the saint who gave his name to the parish starts on the evening of June 12 to 13, with an elaborate parade of popular marches, stalls selling food-and-drinks and joy. On June 24, the Chapel of St. João the Ribeira in Funchal celebrates the feast in honor of São João.
'The Altar of São João', organized on the square of Carmo and its surroundings is a great opportunity to taste some of the local delights served by local restaurants during the event. São Pedro is the third saint to be celebrated in the municipalities of Câmara de Lobos and Ribeira Brava in 28 and 29 June.
Is celebrated in the village of Ribeira Brava with musical entertainment, popular marches and even boating starting from Funchal. There is also a procession of boats in the sea and a show of firework.
São Pedro is the protector of the fishermen and it could not fail to be honored by the fishing harbor of Câmara de Lobos, which happens between June 28 and July 2, with plenty of live music, firework and stalls selling food-and-drinks where you can enjoy the delights of the Madeiran gastronomy.