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


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.

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