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St. Sylvester's Day (Madeira)

In many European countries, December 31, in addition to being New Year's Eve, is also the observance of St. Sylvester's Day, the feast day of Pope Sylvester (314-335). In Madeira, a group of Portuguese islands off the northwest coast of Africa, one of the world's most impressive fireworks displays takes place on the evening of this day, which is known as the Great Festival of St. Sylvester. The noise of the fireworks resounds over the Bay of Funchal, the islands' capital, where oceanliners make a special stop so that passengers can watch the celebrations. More...
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St. Sylvester's Day (Madeira)
In many European countries, December 31, in addition to being New Year's Eve, is also the observance of St. Sylvester's Day, the feast day of Pope Sylvester (314-335). In Madeira, a group of Portuguese islands off the northwest coast of Africa, one of the world's most impressive fireworks displays takes place on the evening of this day, which is known as the Great Festival of St. Sylvester. The noise of the fireworks resounds over the Bay of Funchal, the islands' capital, where oceanliners make a special stop so that passengers can watch the celebrations.
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St. Sylvester's Day (Madeira)
In many European countries, December 31, in addition to being New Year's Eve, is also the observance of St. Sylvester's Day, the feast day of Pope Sylvester (314-335). In Madeira, a group of Portuguese islands off the northwest coast of Africa, one of the world's most impressive fireworks displays takes place on the evening of this day, which is known as the Great Festival of St. Sylvester. The noise of the fireworks resounds over the Bay of Funchal, the islands' capital, where oceanliners make a special stop so that passengers can watch the celebrations.
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Legend has it that on the last night of the year, as the Virgin Mary was leaning out of the skies over the ocean, Saint Sylvester came to speak to her. Our Lady confided him the reason of her grief: she remembered the beautiful Atlantis, sunk by God to punish its inhabitants. As she spoke, Our Lady dropped tears of sorrow and mercy. Saint Sylvester noticed that they were not tears but authentic pearls. One of those tears fell on the place where the extraordinary Atlantis had existed, and Madeira island was born, which became known as the Pearl of the Atlantic. Ancients say that for a long time, on the night of St. Sylvester, when the clock struck twelve, a vision of light and fantastic colors appeared in the skies that would leave a vertiginous scent in the air.

Over the years this vision disappeared, but the people kept it in the famous festivals of the end of the year with fireworks to celebrate the Night of St. Sylvester.




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In many European countries, December 31, in addition to being New Year's Eve, is also the observance of St. Sylvester's Day, the feast day of Pope Sylvester (314-335). In Madeira, a group of Portuguese islands off the northwest coast of Africa, one of the world's most impressive fireworks displays takes place on the evening of this day, which is known as the Great Festival of St. Sylvester. The noise of the fireworks resounds over the Bay of Funchal, the islands' capital, where oceanliners make a special stop so that passengers can watch the celebrations.
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