The Império do Espírito Santo of the Terra Chã Housing Complex is located in the parish of Terra Chã, municipality of Angra do Heroísmo.
The date of construction of this property dates back to the last quarter of the 20th century, namely to the year 1993. This empire holds its feast in honor of the Divine Holy Spirit in the month of July, on a variable date. The diversity of activities and initiatives promoted by this brotherhood, like the others existing on the island and in the Azores, during the festive period, depends on the resources and support received for this purpose.
This ancient manifestation of the cult of the Holy Spirit has a religious side and another of a recreational and cultural nature. The party begins with the purchase of wine and ends with a rope bullfight in the parish.
During the period of the festivities, which sometimes lasts for ten days, in terms of cultural activities, various initiatives can be attended, such as the slaughter of the pig, the presentation of various musical groups/ensembles, the traditional pezinho and singing to the challenge, blessing and delivery of meat, bread and wine in the empire, etc.
The festivities end with a bodo de leche and a rope bullfight on the Monday following the Sunday of the coronation. As far as the religious part is concerned, the change of the crown from the emperor’s house to the empire takes place on the Sunday before the festival is held.
During this week, the rosary will be prayed in the empire, in which all brothers and devotees of the Holy Spirit will be able to participate. On the day of the feast itself, in the morning, the concentration of children takes place next to the empire, followed by the departure of the coronation procession to the parish church, where a festive mass is celebrated.
After this religious act, a function is held in praise of the Divine Holy Spirit. On that same day, at the end of the afternoon, the piles are extracted, followed, eventually, by another manifestation of a cultural nature that could be the performance of a musical group or another and, at the end, there is a appointment of the Festivities Committee for the following year.
On Mondays, in the morning, the traditional milk bodo is held and in the afternoon, a bullfight with a rope that closes the aforementioned festivities in honor of the Paraclete.