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IT`S CARNAVAL TIME! The first week-end of March is going to be filled with  CARNAVAL celebrations in Madeira. Our carnaval theme this year is  ” Magical Forest” and the idea came from the fact that 2011 is the International Year of Forests.
Carnaval has been celebrated in Funchal since 30 years ago. The main parade, which is consisting of 8 different groups, has about 1100 participants that have been rehearsing hard for the past few months.
On Tuesday afternoon there will be another parade, very different from Saturday night’s parade and more typical Madeirian one. Anyone can participate on this fun event, including tourists visiting Funchal. So, welcome to samba with us and have fun!

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New Year 2011

As usual, during the year The Orchid Gifts of Madeira has participated in some events exposing its unique orchid- and lava jewellery.

Since the beginning of 2010 we have been having 2 show cases in the lobby of Melia Maré Madeira Hotel, the newest 5* in Funchal where we expose some of our unique pieces from our wondeful collections!

And from May onwards we will be participating at the ever popular Hotel Porto Maré, in their weekly organized Handicraft Fair on Friday nights.

A Happy and hopeful New Year to all our existing and new clients/friends! Hope to see you back on the island and at the Orchid Gifts of Madeira again soon!

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Christmas 2010

funchal lights - FATHER CHRISTMASChristmas trees, mistletoe, decorations, Santa Claus, gifts, Christmas carols, everything is being prepared to celebrate Christmas. It’s a joyful and spiritual season which embraces tradition and gathers people together, making it one of the happiest seasons of the year. Despite the coldness Winter, hearts are warm, filled with love harmony and peace to share with all.
Funchal’s lights are now sparkling and glowing, keeping Christmas’ spirit warm throughout this special season. Cheerful faces, singing and dancing to Christmas tunes is happening daily on Funchal’s streets.

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Firework Festival in Madeira

Once again takes  place in MADEIRA, Funchal,  Fireworks’ Festival .

Every Saturday, during the month of June, around 10:30 p.m, four Portuguese companies will compete and therefore present their best show of fireworks .These glitter Funchal’s sky with beautiful colours and shapes and are accompanied with harmonious melodies. Many locals and tourists keep their eyes wide opened amazed with such spectacular, glassy shows.

At the end of the month, the best performance is chosen. For the first time, this year, public may vote through Internet or by placing their vote in tombola in Funchal or at some hotels, picking their favourite.

So, come along and do not miss this Festival of glamour, joy and sparkle in Madeira!!!

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Flower Festival 2010

DSC07759The Flower Festival is about to begin and also this year we will be participating, not only with a flower arrangement in the flower exhibition tent opposite the Tourist office, but also sharing a sales booth with  Martha Schon Orchid Society(Foundation) at  Avenida Arriaga, offering our unique orchid jewellery  for beauty lovers  to purchase

The sales booths will be open all day long between  Thursday April the 15th and Tuesday April the 20th.   

Madeira´s beauty springs out showing its marvellous flowers during these days. For the event local people will be  making  flower carpets by hand  on the main street of Funchal (Avenida Arriaga) and on Saturday morning hundreds of children are building so called   Wall of Hope , contributing with a flower set  on a wall at the Municipal Square. 

The culmination of this wonderful event, however, is on Sunday 18th of April when many groups composed of Madeirians of  different ages parade on the streets of Funchal, all decorated with fresh, colourful flowers of the season.

This is an event not to miss out! Come and join us and experience spring’s warmth during this unique event.

Our joyful staff is waiting for you at the booth of The Orchid Gifts of Madeira ! Welcome!

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You all, of course, know what happened in Madeira this February 2010.We had a dramatic storm with floods that destroyed parts of our beautiful capital Funchal as well as some other parts of the island. Unfortunately many people lost their homes and some lives were lost too. Though these kind of catastrophes tend to happen now and again all over the world, life still continues and we will always adapt and reconstruct our lifes.

Within a week from that sad Saturday, February 20th, Funchal was practically all clean again with reconstruction works advancing at an incredible pace, thanks to our hard working professionals and the countless volunteers that have been working non-stop.
Life is back to normal; museums, shops, restaurants are open and one can drive safely to different parts of the island following the main roads and respecting the traffic signs.
Madeira continues beautiful and green and our nature strong and impressive. Come and see with your own eyes! More than ever we need you all to visit us now. Continue to holiday and choose Madeira!

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Christmas time in Madeira

funchal lightsIt’s that time of the year again with Funchals 400.000 Christmas lights switched on, Madeira is ready for the seasonal festivities to begin.

As the darker evenings draw in, the magic of many different colours illuminate the little streets of our capital and also warms our hearts. Madeira is truly wonderland.

And there is still time to brighten up Christmas for a friend, family member or business partner by offering that nice special present from The Orchid Gifts of Madeira.

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Island of Flowers – Madeira

Since the 17th century, Madeira has been known as the Atlantic garden. According to the season, different flowers break open on the island. Their colors and fragrances allure the passers-by.

The DSC07759discoverers from distant countries, like the Far East, on their way back to Europe often stopped in Madeira to refresh themselves, leaving behind exotic plants. This is how many plants, amongst them the Orchid, were introduced to Madeira. The Sub -tropical climate made it easy for local inhabitants, as well as foreigners living in Madeira, to take care of these plants. Nowadays, growing Orchids is a thriving commerce on the island and most of the Orchids grown are exported as cut flowers.

The Orchid is a symbol of Madeira. For some cultures, an Orchid symbolizes perfection or beauty. Willing to continue these beliefs, The Orchids Gifts of Madeira provides you with a large variety of jewellery made of fresh, natural Orchid blooms and petals, preserved through several methods, defeating the reality of fresh Orchids only tending to last but a few days. Our jewellery gives you the opportunity to preserve an exclusive flower for several years.

Besides that, each Orchid flower is natural and distinctive. For this reason, we may consider Orchid jewellery outstanding and exceptionally diverse. Each Orchid is different from the other, making the individual who has purchased our Orchid jewellery, feeling special and unique

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Madeira’s lava vestige

>In the Atlantic Ocean there can be found a beautiful flower island of volcanic origin that is MADEIRA. Madeira’s coastlines, volcanic sea pools, caves, mountain trails and levada pathways bring us upon an array of beautiful flowers. Fine strands and twisted threads of Lava can be seen on some parts of the island and there are different flowers blooming all year round, in the wild forests and manicured gardens.

For visitors, Madeira-island will stay longer in your heart, if you take a little keepsake home with you – piece of our Orchid jewellery or an exiting piece of Lava Stone jewellery. Our jewellery items are suitable for anyone who appreciates nature and beauty, even if you yet, haven’t visited Madeira.