Easter - Religious Traditions

Easter - Religious Traditions

Madeira Island celebrates in April, one of the most important Christian events, Easter.

According to Catholic Church, Easter Season lasts for 40 days, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Ascension Day. The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week, thus, the following week is known as Holy Week.

With the end of Easter comes also the end of Lent, which refers to the period during which people prayer, fast and penance.

Each year, thousands of locals and tourists visit the rural areas to see the performance of the reenacting of Stations of the Cross, also known as Way of the Cross. It refers to the depiction of the final hours of Jesus Christ, this being a Madeiran tradition.

Besides, there is also another tradition which reflects Madeiran culture and customs, that is, the visit of the Holy Spirit.

These visits are headed by the priest of each parish and with him two or more little girls known as “Saloias” accompany him. These girls are dressed up with traditional costumes and they sing songs allusive to the Holy Spirit. Apart from the priest and the girls, there are two or three persons who volunteer to go with them and they normally take musical instrument.

Take this wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with Madeira and Porto Santo Islands.

You will have an amazing and magnificent experience walking alongside the Levadas and trails, passing through the luxuriant vegetation of the Laurissilva Forest. Go off and enjoy the majestic scenery and rare beauty of Madeira Island.

During your stay in the Island, why don’t you stay in Madeira Rural accommodations? There are plenty of rural accommodations, namely country houses, bed and breakfast, self-catering, rural holiday homes and villas.

Enjoy your best ever Easter holidays!
 

 


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