FESTAS EM LOUVOR DO DIVINO ESPÍRITO SANTO (Cult of the Holy Spirit)
 
FESTAS DO ESPÍRITO SANTO 
These are most likely the foremost important religious events that are celebrated in the Azores around easter time, and Terceira is no exception.  
Usually, these are destined to greet and thank the Holy Spirit for a ill person`s health  or some other threatning event that placed life in doubt. People pray and offer in honor of the Holy spirit, organizing a traditional religious fest around the "Império" and the "coroação" or crowning, high point of this tradition, happening at the end of the Sunday Mass.
 
To know more, please see the following links:
 
 
 
 
CANTORIA
Another tradition in the Azores and much appreciated in Terceira island is the cantoria. These are musical pieces involving two or at the most three singers accompanied by several classic guitar players, who try to defy each other in improvising the lyrics on any given subject (politics, social problems, comedy, etc).
 
You can listen to a cantoria choosing from anyone on the following links (lyrics in Portuguese only):
 
 
 
FOLK AZORES-INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL OF THE AZORES (COFIT)
This venue is held annually, every august, at Angra do Heroísmo. Click the following link A (all groups) and B (closing moment 2013),  to have an idea about this event. In 2019 Terceira island celebrated the 35th edition of this paramount gathering of folklore from all over the world.
 
 
FINAL NOTE: Terceira island has a lot more to offer. Why don´t you come over and discover by yourself? Looking forward to see you around...and thanks for watching and learning.

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