Since always that the habit exists to kill the pig during the Christmas time. In the old times, acquiring meat was just for the wealth families. People used to eat vegetables that they cultivated and the animals that they created. Habitually the pig created itself during the year so that in Christmas it had meat for all. It is still today very frequent in Christmas, in the agricultural farms, to hear the shouts of the pig dying.
Going to St. Peters feast is already a custom between the Madeirenses. In this festivity, in ends of June of 1879, the old tradition reappeared to take place. In a procession the small boat of St. Peter, brings the sacred and profane component, being later announced in 1883 the inclusion of the dance of the swords.
Like elsewhere in Portugal, the three popular saints (Anthony, John and Peter) are pretext for popular festivities. In Ribeira Brava we had fun!