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CHINESE NEW YEAR
25 to 27 January 2020
Ushering in the Year of the Rat in 2020 this is arguably the most significant Chinese festival of the year. Celebrations last for up to 10 days with colourful parades which fill the streets, vibrant dragon and lion dances, religious temple visits, colourful lanterns and music and dance shows held in the important city squares. During the event, locals fill their houses with flowers and set off firecrackers to ward off evil spirits.
PROCESSION OF THE PASSION OF OUR LORD
29 February to 1 March 2020
The religious celebration of “Senhor dos Passos” takes place every year on the first Sunday of Lent, when the statue of Christ carrying the cross is carried between St. Augustine’s Church and the Cathedral and back again during a grand procession with local clergy in full regalia. Legend has it that, hundreds of years ago, it was taken to the cathedral by the church people and miraculously found its way back to the church’s altar. The event is held each year to commemorate that extraordinary event.
FEAST OF THE DRUNKEN DRAGON
30 April 2020
One of the more unusual celebrations in Macao, the Feast of the Drunken Dragon sees local fishermen performing a ‘drunken dance’ which involves parading the streets with a ceremonial wooden dragon while drinking wine and liquor until they drop. They also hand out ‘longevity rice’ and shower the crowd with their drinks, typically spraying it from their mouths. The festival honours the legend of a man who managed to destroy an evil dragon when alcohol gave him courage.