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New Year's Eve Fireworks in Funchal, Madeira: One of the Top Holiday Destinations in the World

Updated on December 8, 2017
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Gabriel lives on an Island. A beautiful small Island that enjoys a warm climate and beautiful landscapes.

The Magic of New Year

New Year is a wonderful time of year. A time to celebrate with family and friends. A time for reflecting on the past and contemplating our promises for the future ahead. Reflection and future embrace each other in an unusual coupling before going their separate ways for yet another year. Our thoughts and emotions only add to the excitement that New Year brings. And we all know behind all the glitz, the glamour, the lights and the festivities: New Year is about celebrating being alive and being together with our loved ones for the future ahead. It is emotional to say goodbye to a year, that may have been fabulous or have been trying. Lost loved ones and difficult times. New Year gives us hope and strengthens our vision for the year to come. It is a time of gracious clarity and belief in our own futures to be better. And that my friends is a wonderful, wonderful thing. Happy New Year to you all.


A Magical Night

Fireworks Explode
Fireworks Explode | Source
Cruise Ships Blow Their Horns
Cruise Ships Blow Their Horns | Source
Lights Dazzle
Lights Dazzle | Source
Displays Glow
Displays Glow | Source
Colourful Lights
Colourful Lights | Source
Amazing Displays
Amazing Displays | Source
Christmas Trees
Christmas Trees | Source
Celebration
Celebration | Source

Out With The Old

We can welcome in the New Year with gusto, and say a fond farewell to the old with a shrug of our shoulders or for some of us with a knowing little smile.

Cruise Ships in Madeira
Cruise Ships in Madeira | Source

In With The New

New Year resolutions to be good or a least be better fill us with enthusiasm. The thrill of a clean slate and the promises we make to ourselves all contribute to this wondrous magical night.

Fireworks in Madeira
Fireworks in Madeira | Source

Fireworks Explode

The night itself for me is always expectant. Full of joy that I share with those most near and dear to me. I love the cheer that New Year brings and the positivity that people share in the on coming year. Most of all I love being in Madeira. The best place to celebrate the New Year festivities. Fireworks explode and faces beam and voices cheer and shout. Strangers kiss and toast each other. Another year has dawned and I thank God that we are here to celebrate the promises that only a New Year can bring with such heighten deliberations.

Fireworks in Madeira
Fireworks in Madeira | Source

A Smoky Sky Extends Over The City

A Smoky Sky
A Smoky Sky | Source

Many Delights Line The Streets

Hot Chestnuts Sold From Street Stalls
Hot Chestnuts Sold From Street Stalls | Source
Traditional Portuguese Christmas Cake
Traditional Portuguese Christmas Cake | Source
City Lights and Decorations in Funchal
City Lights and Decorations in Funchal | Source
Fun Train in Funchal City
Fun Train in Funchal City | Source
Snow Capped Cabins in Funchal City
Snow Capped Cabins in Funchal City | Source

New Year Fireworks in Madeira

The Island of Madeira, Portugal puts on a fabulous entertaining show every Christmas and New Year without fail. Small winter log cabins line the city centre. A big sleigh complete with reindeers beckons to children to climb aboard and explore the toy filled carriages.

A huge santa towers over the passing crowds with his sack of presents on his back. Lights and decorations of all colours rise above the streets and surround the harbor. The trees in the parks are dressed in pretty coloured fairy lights and huge Christmas baubles.

The city beckons to all, to come and taste her Christmas wares. Hot chestnuts stands send out swirls of smoke. Delicious smells fill the air; garlic bread, fried onions, hot dogs, Christmas cakes and cookies, sugar donuts, candy floss and fresh pastries. Traditional dishes such as pork marinated in white wine, herbs and garlic is served in fresh crusty rolls to facilitate the hungry wonderers as they observe all the New Year festivities.

Thirsty onlookers enjoy local beverages; madeira wine, beer and cocktails: Pe de Cabra, Nikita and Poncha severed in plastic glasses to encourage folk to continue their meandering in the lead up to the big display.

The streets are full of people walking about embracing the ambience of Funchal in all it's glory. A perfect picture of what New Year should be. Expectant and electric.

Champagne bottles are lined on walls waiting to pop. Little bars spilling people out onto the streets. Stalls busy selling drinks and food to smiling faces. Tuxedo clad gentlemen link the arm of their wonderfully dressed ladies as they saunter happily on their way to New Year parties.

Denim legs with furry boots walk amid stiletto heels. Woolly hats are friends among stylish hairdos. Youthful bare shoulders draped by lovers arms. Big shoes walk side by side with tiny booted feet. Everyone and anyone adorn the streets of Funchal in perfect unison.

Among the crowd an old man shares hot chestnuts with his granddaughter. They giggle together while munching their culinary delight. The little girl, her face a picture of wonder-meant. The old man, watches her with equal wonderment, a sparkle in his eye.

Music plays echoing through the city. Lights and decorations line the streets creating a mystic wonderland of colour. Everyone is happy. Loved ones are greeted with hugs and kisses as they join their party. The city is brimming with happiness and a contented easiness oozes from the crowd.

The cruise ships in the harbour are lit up like giant Christmas trees. The guests all on deck cling to the railings dressed to the nines and sipping champagne. They wave at the folk gathered along the pier and the jolly folk on the pier wave back. The atmosphere is overwhelming. Smaller boats are dotted about the harbour. The people aboard delightedly looking to the sky in anticipation of the firework display to come.

So much to see, hear and taste. The energy sizzles. The atmosphere expands like a bubble about to burst. Adults become the child they once were, and children are delirious with expectation. The clock tics. Everyone is silent; looking sky ward and finally: A roaring cascade of colour rips and roars through the sky. The amphitheater setting of the city erupts in a volcano of the most exhilarating colours and shapes. The midnight sky is a ceiling of exploding rainbows and showers of falling colours decorate the city roof tops.

Every where you look the eyes dazzle. People kiss and hug their loved ones. Drink their champagne and toast each other in sweet harmony. The New Year has arrived in the grandest of style.

The cruise ships sound their horns, sending a melody to greet the sky. Together the city stands in celebration beneath the heavens. All eyes stare in awe at such wondrous beauty made by man ....

And then, silence within a smokey sky. People begin to stir. Some sit and sip champagne, laughing with infectious merriment. Youthful faces in their glad rags head to dance the night away. Tuxedos and fancy dresses swing their bottles of Moet as they sashay on their way.

Families gather together, to celebrate some more. Jolly voices playfully loud. Sweet kisses and lovers smiles. And the old man and his little granddaughter hand in hand move to explore the illuminated streets, swallowed by the triumphant joyous crowd.

© 2009 Gabriel Wilson

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