The way of living is simple and originally. The pace in the capital Santa Cruz da Graciosa might be bustling, but in general its rather easy-going.
The local Portuguese dialect needs getting used to and is quite difficult to understand but the local population tries their best to communicate, even it means talking English.
In addition to the traditionally celebrated Pentecost (Espirito Santo), all communities celebrate their very own ecclesiastical festival with processions and special masses in summer. From mid-July to mid-September one of these festivals take place somewhere on the island every week. On site, streets are decorated, a table of events is arranged, snug lodgings with snacks and drinks constructed, bullfighting’s are held, and brass music is organized. Many emigrants come back to their villages especially for these festivals to spend their annual vacation.
Second highlight of the year is the time of carnival in February. The “Graciosenses” never enjoy themselves better, dance madly and celebrate which infects everyone around with a high-spirited cheerfulness.