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PROCESSION OF THE PASSION OF OUR LORD
9 to 10 March 2019
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.
A-MA FESTIVAL MACAO
27 April 2019
During the A-Ma festival, homage is paid to Macao's most popular deity - the Goddess of Seafarers, from whom Macao is said to derive its name. Legend dictates that Goddess A-Ma (also known as Tin Hau) ordered the elements to calm down when a storm threatened a boat out at sea in high winds. On the spot where the boat reached land safely, the grateful mariners built the A-Ma Temple, now one of Macao’s most famous landmarks. During the festival, seafarers and their families visit the ancient temple in the Inner Harbour.
FEAST OF THE DRUNKEN DRAGON
12 May 2019
One of the more unusual celebrations in Macao, the Feast of the Drunk 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.