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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.
MACAO INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACES
1, 2 & 7 June 2019
The Dragon Boat Festival (which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month in Chinese Lunar Calendar) commemorates the Chinese poet Qu Yuan, who protested corruption by drowning himself. Today, the hugely popular Macao International Dragon Boat Races take place on Nam Van Lake on the historic Praia Grande shorefront with many local and international teams participating in one of the most popular outdoor parties in Macao. Click here for further information.