PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 September, 2005, 12:00am

October 1, 2005

National Day of the People's Republic of China

Celebrated with fireworks over Nam Van Lake, the show also marks the last day of the International Fireworks Display, which is timed to honour the occasion.

October 7 - November 6, 2005

Macau International Music Festival

Featuring orchestras, singers, choirs and other musicians performing throughout the city.

October 29 - November 6, 2005

4th East Asia Games

Nine East Asian countries and regions will take part in this event, which is held every four years.

November 2, 2005

All Souls Day

Catholic masses in commemoration of departed souls who have not been cleansed of their sins.

November 11 - 27, 2005

Macau Food Festival

More than 100 restaurants will offer discounts and some will set up stalls in Leal Senado Square to promote international cuisine. Cooking lessons and live performances are included.

November 17 - 20, 2005

Macau Grand Prix

The most internationally known event in Macau. Expect crowds.

December 4, 2005

Macau International Marathon, Half Marathon and Mini Marathon

Circling the peninsula and across to Taipa and Coloane.

December 8, 2005

Feast of Immaculate Conception

A Christian festival marked by special masses. A public holiday.

December 20, 2005

Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

Celebrated with a flag-hoisting ceremony at Lotus Flower Square and other smaller festivities.

December 25, 2005


Christmas celebrations, including carol singing, are held across the city.

January 1, 2006

New Year's Day

Celebrations with a fireworks display at midnight over Nam Van Lake.

January 29, 2006

Chinese New Year

Shops, offices and factories are closed for 10 days and events include dragon and lion dancing. Locals visit temples and hang lanterns and red banners.

February 12 - 13, 2006

Procession of the Passion of Our Lord

An icon of Christ carrying the cross is borne from St Augustine's Church to St Paul's Cathedral.

March, 2006 (date to be confirmed)

Macau Arts Festival

Cultural associations and institutes stage their best shows. Includes concerts, dancing, painting exhibitions, Chinese opera and theatre

March 31, 2006

Feast of Pak Tai

Chinese opera performances are held in Pak Tai Temple in Taipa village.

April 20, 2006

A-Ma Festival

Homage is paid to Macau's most popular deity, the Goddess of Seafarers, from whom Macau is said to derive its name.

May 5, 2006

Feast of the Drunken Dragon

This celebration starts in the morning at Kuan Tai Temple. Men perform a drunken dance with the wooden heads and tails of a dragon. They head in the direction of the inner harbour. At each stop, they drink wine until they are unable to go on.

May 5, 2006

Feast of the Bathing of Lord Buddha

Images of Buddha are ceremonially cleaned and purified in Buddhist temples

May 13, 2006

Procession of Our Lady of Fatima

An annual procession from Sao Domingos Church to the Penha Chapel, for an open-air mass. The event commemorates the miracle of Fatima in Portugal in 1917.

Mid-May , 2006 (date to be confirmed)

Macau Open

High-profile players at the Macau Open give the region's golfers a chance to test their skills against the best.

May 31, 2006

Dragon Boat Festival (Tuen Ng Festival)

All celebrations are concentrated on the dragon boat races on the Nam Van Lakes.

June, 2006 (date to be confirmed)

Macau Lotus Flower Festival

The lotus is the representative flower of Macau. This festival features a show of different lotuses, and an exhibition of the historical and cultural background of the flower.

Late June, 2006 (date to be confirmed)

FIM-UAM Asian Motocross Championships

Participants and thousands of spectators from across Asia will gather at the racetrack on Cotai.

September 3, 10, 18, 24 and October 1

Macau International Fireworks Display Contest

The largest of its kind, and one of the most important in the world. Experts from different countries are invited to compete with spectacular fireworks displays set off over Nam Van Lake.