The Império do Espírito Santo de Santa Rita, is located in the parish of Santa Cruz, municipality of Praia da Vitória, located in Largo da Igreja.
The date of its construction dates back to the last quarter of the 19th century, to the year 1888.
This brotherhood celebrates the feast of the Divine Holy Spirit on Pentecost and Trinity Sundays.
In all the parishes of “Ramo Grande”, on the eight Sundays following Easter, the cult of the Divine Holy Spirit is celebrated, with greater prominence, for the Sundays of Bodo – Pentecost and Trinity.
On the Sundays of the bodos, the processions of the Holy Spirit leave the house of the brothers who have the insignia for these two weeks, accompanied by a philharmonic band, and head to the Church, where the coronation party mass is celebrated.
After this liturgical act, the processions move towards the empire, where the crowns and flags are deposited and the parish priest blesses the bread and wine, which are then distributed to all those present.
Towards the end of the afternoon, there is the festival, where tables are set with various snacks, massa sovada, drained broad beans, lupins, wine and juices, which are served to those present, while they fraternize and socialize and the auctions of the offers are carried out, whose Proceeds revert to the empire.
In the bodos, Sundays are drawn and butlers are appointed for the following year.
On these days, depending on the financial availability of the commission of the empire, there may be a philharmonic concert, a performance by a popular music group, or by an artist invited for this purpose, etc.