The ‘Quinta dos Imperadores’, in Monte, is once again the stage for another edition, the fourth edition of the ‘Monte do Imperador’ initiative, promoted by the local Parish Council, which this year has the support of the 600 years Commission.
This Sunday the doors of that green space, where the Museum of Romanticism should be installed, open to the population of the parish and to all Madeira and tourists, for a different day. Between 10 am and 7 pm various activities are planned, notably the imperial cortege, starting at 2.30 pm, representing the family of Charles I, the last emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, who died on the Mount on 1 April 1922, when he was only 34 years old.
Idalina Silva, the president of the parish council and a great promoter of the event, told the Diário das Freguesias that “the goal set for this year is to attract more and more visitors, bringing more people to the Monte”, he said in a prepared way of the celebrations of the centenary of the Emperor’s death, which was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2004.
According to the president of the Junta, this year the extras will be in greater numbers, representing the customs of the early twentieth century. To this end, the group ‘Lilies of the North’ from Santana and the Folkloric Group Monteverde will return, which will also interact with the visitors throughout the day.
There will be network trips (for children), horse or carriage rides, as well as the food and drink stands, which this year is a novelty, where there will be plenty of tea, liqueurs or roasted pork, so characteristic of that time. At 4 pm the band ‘Os Artistas Funchalenses’ performs under the guidance of maestro Aquilino Domingo da Silva.
On Monday, the Bishop of Funchal, D. Nuno Brás will preside a Mass in honor of the Blessed, in the Church of Monte, at 6 pm.
It should be noted that Junta do Monte reserves 5 thousand euros of its annual budget for this 4th edition of the event.