The city’s streets will soon be filled with glistening lanterns and colorful New Year decorations. These are all part of the preparations to welcome in the ‘Year of the Pig‘.
Visitors to Macao during the Chinese New Year holiday will see colorful parades and cultural performances. The shows in Macao will include traditional lion dancers and fireworks.
HIGHLIGHTS OF CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVALS IN MACAO
The highlight events of the festivities will be the two parades for Celebration of the Year of the Pig. These will take place on February 7 and February 10. On these days, Macao will light up with illuminated floats. In addition, over 1000 performers from around the world who will make their way through the city’s streets and plazas.
WHERE TO GO IN MACAO
The parades incorporate some of Macao’s most famous sites. These include the iconic Ruins of St Paul’s, Sai Van Lake Square and the Macau Tower. The Macau Tower will be the picturesque backdrop to the ultimate Chinese New Year 2019 fireworks extravaganza.
CULTURE AND LOCAL TRADITIONS
Alongside the public events, Macao’s locals will be taking part in cultural traditions that date back centuries. Many will set off firecrackers to ward off evil spirits.
In addition, residents will fill their homes with beautiful flowers from the Lunar New Year Flower Market. This special market will be open from January 28 until February 5. The flowers are for good luck.
Moreover, locals eat lucky foods during Chinese New Year. These include Chinese dumplings and fish which are supposed to bring wealth and prosperity.
Meanwhile “lai see” are red packets. These packets contain money. They are given to relatives and friends to wish them good luck and prosperity. This is an important ritual in the new year.
A Special Administrative Region of China since 1999, it blends the best of east and west. Moreover, it merges old and new. So many people consider it one of Asia’s most interesting destinations.
Moreover, it also still retains its unique Portuguese-Chinese culture. This place is also worth a visit because of its UNESCO World Heritage listed architecture. It definitely packs a lot into its 11 square miles, making it the perfect addition to an Asian holiday.