If you’re looking for a destination for your next holiday, look no further than Macao, which is only a four-hour flight away from Singapore. Don’t dismiss the city as nothing more than a gambling hub – there’s so much more to do than you think.
Apart from discovering its rich history that bears Portuguese and Chinese influences, there are also numerous festivals for you to feast your eyes on to make your vacation a great one. Here are five.
Feast of Buddha (Feast of the Bathing of Lord Buddha), Feast of the Drunken Dragon, Tam Kong Festival
If you’re hoping to get a glimpse of this festival, head to Kwan Tai Temple (near Leal Senado square) on the eighth day of the fourth moon – the same day when images of Buddha are ceremonially cleaned and purified in various Buddhist temples in the area. The event sees groups of intoxicated men dancing their way through markets and lanes while brandishing wooden dragons’ heads and tails. It’s definitely a sight to behold!
Dragon Boat Festival
Not every festival stems from joyous roots; sometimes, a celebration is done to commemorate a heroic act – just like the Dragon Boat Festival. The old Chinese practice is observed to memorialise Wat Yuen, a poet who protested against corruption by drowning himself. Macao celebrates the event with Dragon Boat Races on the Nam Van Lake, participated by both local and foreign teams.
Macao International Fireworks Display Contest
Period: Mid-September to early October
Fireworks displays are spectacular everywhere, but what makes this visual spectacle different from others is that it is also accompanied with a sound show to amp up the festive atmosphere. The annual event takes places on a few Saturdays in September, during Mid-Autumn Festival and China’s National Day on October 1. Be prepared to jostle with the crowd for a good spot because this event often sees tourists from all over the world thronging to Macao to witness it.
Macao Grand Prix
Period: Third weekend of November
If you’ve been attending Singapore Formula One races religiously, it’s time to take your interest a notch up with the Macao Grand Prix. After all, it’s unlike street circuit racing events in other countries – it hosts both car and motorcycle races. What’s more, Macao has one of the most challenging circuits in the world, with a combination of fast straights and tight corners. We guarantee you’ll constantly be on the edge of your seat.
Macao Light Festival
Be enthralled by this festival that sees the participation of various famous attractions in Macao. What you’ll witness is a breath-taking view of dazzling light shows in the city. That’s not all, as there’ll also be 3D mapping shows, light installations and interactive games to enhance your experience. Have a walk through and bask in the beauty of Macao.
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Date: 26 to 28 February 2016
Time: 11am to 9.30pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Basement 2 (Exhibition Halls D, E, F)
Images: Macao Government Tourism Office