Festivals in Macau, China

  • Chinese New Year

    • 31 Jan 2014–3 Feb 2014

    Chinese New Year: the new year is celebrated over three days in late January. This is the premier event on the annual calendar for all Chinese. Celebrations include dragon dances and red decorations, with the colour red thought to bring good luck.

  • Procession of the Passion of Our Lord

    • 8 Mar 2014–9 Mar 2014

    Procession of the Passion of Our Lord: held in February, this Catholic tradition is still observed in Macau. The procession follows a path from São Agostinho to the Macau Cathedral in remembrance of Christ’s suffering.

  • QingMing Day

    • 21 Mar 2014–5 Apr 2014

    QingMing or Tomb Sweeping Day is a Chinese festival during which Chinese people to sweep and clean the tombs of their ancestors. Besides Tomb Sweeping Day, some countries call this festival as Qingming Festival, Ancestors Day, Pure Brightness Festival, Chinese Memorial Day, Cheng Beng and many others.

  • Feast of Pak Tai

    • 5 Apr 2014–7 Apr 2014

    The fisherfolk of Taipa have traditionally been devoted to the Taoist god of the north Pak Tai, dedicating a temple to the deity over a century ago. His birthday - celebrated on the third day and month of the Chinese calendar- includes a noon ceremony, lion and dragon dance parade in Taipa Old Village, photo exhibition , Chinese opera performances staged in a temporary shed in the Pak Tai temple precincts plus various associated activities. The special celebratory dinner for the local elderly is a culinary and photographic highlight of the festivities.

  • Macau Arts Festival

    • 1 May 2014–31 May 2014

    This wide-ranging international festival, turning 25 in 2014, runs for a month in early summer with some performances in Macau’s atmospheric World Heritages sites. Chinese and Western music, theatre, traditional and contemporary dance, visual arts and multi-media are covered, with shows from Cantonese opera to puppetry.

  • Macau International Dragon Boat Races

    • 2 Jun 2014

    Also known as Tun Ng, this spectacular battle sees about 30 local and international teams row across Nam Van Lake in ornate 30ft boats, their oars striking the water to the beat of onboard drums. It commemorates an ancient Chinese poet who protested against corruption by drowning himself.

  • Mid Autumn Festival

    • 8 Sep 2014–10 Sep 2014

    Special lunar-themed cakes are made for family and friends, and beautiful lanterns brought into the streets as people gather to view the new moon and worship the gods. Popular meeting spots include Praia Grande, Nam Van Lake; Hac-Sa and Cheoc-Van beaches in Coloane and various gardens.

  • Macau International Fireworks Display Contest

    • 15 Sep 2014–15 Oct 2014

    Taking place over a series of nights on the seafront by Macau Tower, this colourful contest sees teams from around the world compete. The National Day closes the event.

  • National Day

    • 1 Oct 2014–2 Oct 2014

    The National Day of the People’s Republic of China celebrates the founding of China as a republic on October 1, 1949. The day following the National Day is designated a public holiday.

  • Chung Yeung Festival

    • 2 Oct 2014

    The Chung Yeung Festival is when entire families congregate at cemeteries to engage in age-old practices of ancestor worship. It is also popular to hike to the city’s high points on this day, as it’s believed this will bring good luck. The man complied and the next day discovered that all the inhabitants of his village had been slaughtered, while he and his family had been spared by leaving for the hills.

    Source: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/uk/see-do/events-festivals/chinese-festivals/chung-yeung-festival.jsp#ixzz2t0iLLcGk

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