Couples travelling to Macau in February will be delighted with plenty of festive fun and fanfare as the locals of the ever colourful Asian enclve herald the arrival of the Year of the Ram!
The 2015 Chinese New Year celebrations begin on February 19 and will include two vibrant street parades featuring floats from around Asia – on Saturday, February 21 and Saturday, February 28 – as well as the traditional Golden Dragon parade and Lion Dance Performances.
To top these, a spectacular fireworks display will take place over the city on Saturday, February 21, along with 10 days of performances by more than 1000 artists.
Countless local Chinese, Portuguese and Macanese restaurants will be decorated to be a part of the fun-filled festivities, giving couples the opportunity to dine on authentic cuisine at one of the happiest times of year... perhaps an occasion for a spontaneous engagement?
On the 15th day of the first moon is the Lanterns Festival, where colourful lanterns are placed all accross the city. Small balls of glutinous rice are prepared as dessert, symbolising the "ribbon of friendship," "family reunion" or "good luck" for the Chinese.
Celebrating Chinese New Year is a long-time tradition, where people visit and greet each other with plenty of "Kung Hei Fat Choi" and by offering "Lai Si" (red packets) containing money to wish good luck and prosperity.
The grand outdoor and indoor events will be presented by the Macau Government Tourist Office and it will be the first time mainland China will include a float in the international processions.