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Macau Festivals and Events


Feast of the God Toutei
Taipa, 19th March, 2000
God of the Earth, Tou Tei is believed to be everywhere. Thus, the Chinese celebrate this festival in honour of this God at the Pou Tai Un Temple on Taipa.


A-Ma Festival
A-Ma Temple, 8th May, 2000
A-Ma, goddess of fishermen and seafarers, is particularly revered in Macau. After saving the people on board a junk while crossing the South China Sea, she walked to the top of the Barra Hill and flew off to heaven.
A temple was built on the spot where she landed. Macau was also named after her, "A-Ma-gao". The festival is celebrated at the A-Ma Temple on the 23rd day of the third moon of the lunar calendar. Offerings are made and there are performances of Chinese opera.


Procession of Our Lady of Fatima
13th May, 2000
This procession marks the Miracle of Fαtima. The procession starts from Macau Cathedral to Penha Chapel. The miracle occurred in Portugal in 1917 where three child shepherds said the Virgin Mary had appeared to them.


Tam Kong Festival
22nd May, 2000
Tam Kung, the Taoist child god is particularly venerated by fisherfolk. Worshippers pray for health, wealth, knowledge and wisdom - and calm seas.
He had extraordinary powers and was said to be able to heal the sick and control the weather. Chinese opera is staged at Coloane Village where there is a temple dedicated to Tam Kung.


Feast of the Drunken Dragon
22nd May, 2000
On the eight day of the eight month of the Lunar calendar, an unusual local festival observed by fishermen and seafarers, called the Feast of the Drunken Dragon starts at the Kwan Tai Temple near Leal Senado square.
Groups of intoxicated men dance their way through markets and lanes while brandishing wooden dragons heads and tails.


Feast of the Bathing of Lord Buddha
22nd May, 2000
The is a celebration of the birthday of Prince Siddhartha, founder of Buddhism, and is marked by devotees bathing his image. Siddhartha was born as a prince, but he embarked on years of wandering to seek enlightenment.


Dragon Boat (Tun Ng) Festival
Nam Van Lakes, 18th June, 2000
The annual festival is held on Nam Van Lakes. The thunder of drums accompanies the annual Dragon Boat race which commemorates a third-century BC court adviser of great integrity who drowned himself in protest against a decision by his emperor to go to war against a neighboring state.
Wat Yuen is said to have written a beautiful poem then jumped into a river. People launched their boats, then splashed the water with paddles and tossed rice dumplings into the water so that the fish would not eat his body.


Feast of Hungry Ghosts
24th August, 2000
The Buddhists believe that disturbed souls are let out of hell to roam the world during the seventh lunar month.
Food is offered to them and incense burned to appease these unhappy and vindictive spirits. Many offerings and ritual burning of incense can be seen in public places.


International Fireworks Festival
Praia Grande Bay, 11th, 18th , 25th September - October 1st - 5th, 2
The Fireworks Festival is held around the end of September and beginning of October.
The contest, the largest of its kind and one of the most important in the world sees experts from different countries competing with spectacles of fireworks set off over the 'Praia Grande' Bay.
Each display, lasting about 20 minutes, is set off from reclaimed land below Hotel Bela Vista.


Mid-Autumn Festival
24th September, 2000
This is one of the biggest holidays of the year and has many legends attached to it. It is believed that the roundest and brightest moon of the year is at this time of the year.
The roundness and brightness of the moon symbolises completeness and thereofore is an ideal time for Chinese families to meet.
Families set up candles and colourful lanterns, as well as enjoy Moon Cakes. The traditional variety has egg yolks in the centre.



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