Festivities

 

 

Most of the festivals that take place within the Municipality of Calheta are associated with religious festivals and provide residents and visitors a like with a wide variety of activities of ethnographic nature. At the base of these celebrations is music, from traditional folklore groups to local philharmonic bands. As is to be expected, all the excitement is complemented by regional food and delicacies.

These festivities permit the continuity of the traditional processions that pass over carpets of flowers and traditional streetlights that extend to the churches by wooden poles that also support the typical coloured flags. And so, on these occasions you can see the typical flower carpets made locally by the people of the respective parishes and experience the characteristic tastes of these parties in tents serving traditional espetada (beef skewered on laurel stick) accompanied by bolo do caco and dry wine or beer with Laranjada. The most well-known festivals in Calheta are: Senhora do Loreto (Arco da Calheta) and Senhora da Graça (Calheta).

 

“Throughout the Munincipality of Calheta, there are some unique traditions worth noting: 

  • Festivity of the Divine Holy Spirit, singing of the peasant girls and their traditional costume;
  • Chorolas, a true work of art linked to this municipality;
  • Christmas  and Epiphany masses;

These forms of cultural expression that have been passed down to us, are worth all our efforts in order to preserve them.

Let’s be proud of them!

 

In História com história, de António Manuel de Castro e Maria Elisa de França Brazão.

 

Month

Day

Denomination

Place

January

15

"Santo Amaro"

Paúl do Mar

January

18

"Santo Antão" - Benção dos Animais

Prazeres

February

03

"São Brás"

Arco da Calheta

April

-----

"Festa da Cana-de-Açúcar"

Calheta

Maio

01

"Dia do Trabalhador"

Prazeres

May

-----

"Festa da Santa Casa da Misericórdia"

Calheta

May

-----

"Espírito Santo"

Vila da Calheta

June

01

"Dia da Criança"

Calheta (Concelho)

June

1st Sunday

"Espírito Santo"

Loreto - Arco da Calheta

June

13

"Santo António"

Raposeira (Fajã da Ovelha)

June

24

"Dia do Concelho" 

Festas do Concelho

Calheta (Concelho)

June

-----

"Marchas Populares"

Calheta (Concelho)

Junho

24

"São João"

Fajã da Ovelha e Lombo do Atouguia (Calheta)

June

-----

"Santíssimo Sacramento"

Vila da Calheta

June

-----

"São Pedro"

Ponta do Pargo

July

-----

"Espírito Santo"

Arco da Calheta

August

05

"Nossa Senhora das Neves"

Prazeres

August

15

"Nossa Senhora da Graça"

Estreito da Calheta

August

-----

"Nossa Senhora do Amparo"

Amparo (Ponta do Pargo)

August

Last Sunday

"São Francisco Xavier"

Lombo do Salão (Calheta)

September

-----

"Festa do Pêro"

Ponta do Pargo

September

08

"Nossa Senhora do Loreto"

Loreto (Arco da Calheta)

September

-----

"Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso"

Bom Sucesso (Calheta)

September

-----

"Nossa Senhora dos Bons Caminhos"

Vila (Calheta)

October

-----

"Encontro de Grupos Corais da RAM"

Calheta (Concelho)

October

07

"Nossa Senhora do Rosário"

Jardim do Mar

October

Last Sunday

"Cristo Rei"

Lombo do Doutor (Calheta)

December

08

"Nossa Senhora da Conceição"

Amoreiras (Arco da Calheta)