The Império do Espírito Santo on Rua de Baixo de São Pedro, is located in the parish of São Pedro, municipality of Angra do Heroísmo, located on the aforementioned street in the aforementioned parish.
It is a century-old property, built in the last quarter of the 19th century, in 1877.
This Empire holds its feast of the Divine Holy Spirit in the month of July on a variable date. The diversity of activities and initiatives promoted by this brotherhood, during its festive period, depends on the resources and support received for this purpose.
These festivities have a religious side and a playful and cultural side. The party begins with the removal of the crown of the Holy Spirit from a brother’s house to the empire, in a procession accompanied by a philharmonic. This act takes place on a Saturday.
The following day, Sunday and until the Sunday ahead, the rosary is said every day, around 8 pm, in the empire, after which the illumination and bazaar are opened. In the middle of the week, usually on Wednesday, there is the blessing of the meat and its subsequent distribution among the brothers of the empire who paid for their brotherhoods.
During several days, at night, there are performances by musical groups of a varied nature. On Thursdays, it is customary to perform the “pezinho” in the afternoon and, at night, the singing that brings together the best singers on the island, even counting on the presence of improvisers from the islands of S. Miguel and S. .George.
On the main day of the festivities, Sunday morning, there is a gathering of children next to the empire, to leave in a procession, accompanied by a philharmonic, to the parish church of S. Pedro, where a mass is celebrated for the souls of deceased brothers and sisters.
That same day, at night, the extraction of portfolios and the nomination of the Commission for the following year take place.
On Monday night, there is lighting, bazaar, milk bodo and the performance of a musical group.
On the Saturday ahead, the festivities close with an excursion to one of the existing stalls on the island and, at 6.30 pm, the traditional rope bullfight takes place in the parish.
Source: http://roteirodesazores.com/festa/imperio-da-rua-de- Baixo-de-sao-pedro/