5 Big Events To Catch In Macao
By Rupali Dean
Travelling to Macao during its events and festivities has its own charm. Here are five events you simply must not miss!
Chinese New Year
Known as Lunar New Year, this is the most festive time of the year in Macao. This is when Macao switches to a multiple-day carnival that can be experienced through the city. There are cheery markets, parades, lion and dragon dances, ethnic performances, fireworks and infinite family-friendly happenings together with the typical sightseeing. Then there’s the New Year’s Day Parade (8 February 2016), which is a whimsical event, emphasised by the 238-metre long dragon that winds its way through the boulevards of the Historic City Centre.
International Dragon Boat Races
Every year in June, masses of people participate in this activity; what attract them the most are the remarkable sights. The dragon boat races catch the attention of millions of eyes. Dragon boat teams paddle tunefully and hurriedly, escorted by the sound of pounding drums. Teams of strong men struggle for the same goal… it’s heart-pounding fun!
Macao International Fireworks Display
The yearly Macao International Fireworks Display Contest conventionally takes place on numerous Saturdays every September, around the Mid-Autumn Festival and on China’s National Day on October 1. Over the years, more than 100 international teams from across the globe have partaken in this superlative pyrotechnic shoot-out. Many guests select this time of year to visit Macao so as to relish an unusual holiday floodlit by amazing displays in the evening sky that can be valued from many vantage points on the Macau Peninsula and Taipa Island.
Each year in November, the emphasis in Macao swings to the race track as the city salutes its major yearly sporting event: the Macao Grand Prix, which has come a long way from its modest commencements as a treasure hunt and displays no sign of slowing down. The event’s continuing success can be credited to its variety. In addition, the Macau Grand Prix is the lone leading global street racing event, which embraces races for both cars and motorcycles.
At this celebration of food in November, a banquet awaits you and it is one you wouldn’t really want to miss. Liberally scattered with exciting live entertainment, games and of course delightful foods as the main stay, this festival is known for its uninhibited, comfortable and hospitable air of street stalls, booths and pagodas below the Macau Tower. The fair is divided into five food zones: European, Asian, Chinese, desserts and of course its own Macanese cuisine. All in all, for these two weeks, chefs and bartenders come up with their own takes on native dishes, ascertaining and reinventing the culinary map of Macao.