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Written by Yuci Tai

After saying goodbye to 2013, we excitedly welcome 2014. This year, I want to discuss some of Macau’s unique culture, especially her festival culture. Macau is a place where Eastern and Western cultures mix. Regardless of the residents’ religious beliefs, most of us enjoy the wonderful array of festivals on offer. Macau is a festive city and there are different types of festivals being held almost every month of the year.

There are more than 40 festivals being held in Macau this year. We have just celebrated the New Year on 1 January which will be followed by the Lunar New Year on 31 January. Next comes the Procession of the Passion of Our Lord, the God Jesus in March; Easter in April; the Feast of Buddha (Feast of the Bathing of Lord Buddha), Feast of the Drunken Dragon, Tam Kong Festival, and the Procession of Our Lady of Fátima. And don’t forget the 2014 Macau International Dragon Boat Races and the 25th Macau Arts Festival which promise to make May varied and colorful.

The second half of the year will be even more rich and wonderful. The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Macau 2014 starts in August, followed by the 26th Macau International Fireworks Display Contest and Mid-Autumn Festival. There are plenty of interesting events in October including the National Day of the People’s Republic of China,; the 17th Lusofonia Festival; 28th Macau International Music Festival; 12th Macau A-Ma Cultural & Tourism Festival; Macau International Kart Grand Prix; The Macau Golf Open; 14th Macau City Fringe Festival; 61st Macau Grand Prix and Macau Food Festival in November; In the last Month of December, we will have the Macau International Marathon; the 2014 Parade through Macau; the Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day and Christmas!

Of course, a number of festivals will be held in major hotels which shouldn’t be missed, so make sure you keep an eye on throughout the year for all the information you need on what’s going on in Macau in 2014!