presidente_governo_acores_vasco_cordeiro1-200x300Among the multiple traditions and customs of this People that was forged in the Atlantic, the cult of the Holy Spirit is certainly one of the closest and dearest to all Azoreans, regardless of their island of origin or place of residence.

Festivities in honour of the Holy Spirit have been part of the life of successive generations of Azoreans not only on the nine islands, but also in the emigration communities, representing today a rich cultural heritage that projects the Region and remains an integral part of the living experience of Azoreans and of their Communities.

In short, this tradition has established itself as one of the pillars of the Azorean identity and, therefore, the Monday of the Holy Spirit was designated as the Day of the Azores, combining the cultural and religious aspects of the festivities with the biggest institutional celebration of the Region.

In this sense, it is important to list the location of these celebrations, wherever they may happen, so that they are better known, understood and valued.

Therefore, aware of the potential of the Holy Spirit Festivities to project the Azores in the world, the Regional Government has developed the website ‘Guide to the Holy Spirit Festivities’.

This Guide is a knowledge database for the various Festivities, their location, dates and features, but it also intends to be an interactive space between the hundreds of Brotherhoods that exist in the Azores and in the Communities and a tool to promote the image and potential of the Autonomous Region of the Azores.

Welcome to the Guide to the Holy Spirit Festivities!

Vasco Cordeiro

President of the Regional Government of the Azores

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