Macao to greet Chinese New Year with colour

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The streets of historic Macao will come alive to the sights and sounds of a giant party as the former Portuguese enclave celebrates Chinese New Year with colourful parades, highly charged performances, bright lights, fireworks – and plenty more.

Both on the third and sixth day of the Lunar New Year (10 and 13 February 2016), as many as 14 floats will form a street parade in celebrating the Year of the Monkey.

More than 1300 local and international street performers will entertain the crowds during the processions, with the 13 February parade beamed by TV networks in a number of countries.

Australian viewers will be able to capture the very essence of the New Year celebrations in a telecast on Chinese TV station TVB.

“This is certainly an exciting time to be in Macao,” said Helen Wong, General Manager of the Macao Government Tourism Office in Australia. “The colour and general vibrancy of the Chinese New Year celebrations is not to be missed. The day’s activities will culminate with spectacular fireworks.”

Significantly, the fictitious yet legendary Monkey King will organise a gathering in the Celestial Court to bestow New Year blessings.

In addition to the general Chinese New Year celebrations, the Macao Government Tourism Office will present ‘Valentine’s Day Fantasia – The Fairytale of Lights’ for romantics, beginning on 7 February through till 29 February.

The dazzling display of lights will decorate an area around the historic Taipa Houses-Museum and will be accompanied by a three-dimensional show, to be unveiled on Friday, 12 February.

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