“Sweeping the closets”

Did you know that… in the 15th of January the people of Madeira celebrate Saint Amaro and dedicate this time of the year to “sweep the closets”?

This popular tradition marks the ending of the Christmas Season in Madeira, occasion on which families dissemble the cribs and all Christmas decorations, sharing and tasting the last remaining delicacies.

Santa Cruz municipality earmarks the anniversary in homage to its patron saint, through the implementation of a lively popular festivity – the “arraial” – in that city.
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