And secondly, various cultural events for tourists are often organized there, because the income from them often makes up the lion’s share of the country’s budget. We will tell you more about the holidays and festivals that you should definitely visit.
Located in China, the administrative region of Macau was once a colony of Portugal, and now is part of the PRC. Moreover, there is a certain autonomy from China – Macau has its own currency, as well as its own legal and legislative systems. This status will continue until at least 2049. The population is about 540 thousand people. There are two official languages here – Chinese and Portuguese.
Water transport plays a big role in Macau, so some of the biggest events are somehow related to the sea. For example, on April 29, a festival will be held in honor of the goddess of sailors A-Ma, the most popular deity in Macau. According to legend, A-Ma, also known as Tin Hau, pacified the storm and saved the sailors from death. In gratitude, they built a temple to worship the goddess. It was built about six hundred years ago, in the era of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Usually, on this day, sailors and families visit the ancient temple, and various events are held in the city. A day later, on April 30, the 27th Arts Festival will begin, which runs until May 29, inclusive.
Macau’s main annual event is dragon boat competitions. The tradition dates back to ancient times. The poet Qu Yuan (who lived in 340 – 278 BC) peculiarly expressed his dissatisfaction with corruption – he rushed into the Milo River and drowned. The sailors on boats set off to search for Qu Yuan, but could not find it. Then they began to feed the fish so that it would not encroach on the body of the poet. Over time, the search and rescue operation turned into a race on boats, which are invariably decorated with dragon heads. In 2016, the competition will be held on June 4, 5 and 9.
On June 11-19, Macau will host the annual Lotus Festival. Almost the whole city will be decorated with flowers, and in the Taip House Museum and Low Lim Yeok Garden you can see rare species of lotus. During the festival, restaurants offer exotic flower dishes.
It also hosts a fireworks festival, one of the largest in the world. More than a hundred teams from around the world come to Macau to compete with each other and show the audience an incredibly colorful show. This year’s event will be held in autumn – September 3, 10, 15, 24, and October 1 are called preliminary dates.
Singapore has long been one of the most popular places to do business. There is a flexible system of tax benefits and fairly simple legal rules without undue bureaucracy. However, in addition to the business component, the city-state is interesting in the abundance of various events that are regularly held here.
Singapore is a motley city, people from India, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries of the region live here. As a result of the imposition of traditions, a distinctive culture emerged in which the voice of each ethnic group can be distinguished.
One of the main holidays is Wesak Day, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and departure to the nirvana (death, in simple terms) of the Buddha. The date varies from year to year, this time the holiday will be held on May 21. This is a major event for the Buddhist community of Singapore, and celebrate it on a grand scale. All temples are decorated with lights, flags, flowers, and fruits, fairs are opened in the city, street processions, mass singing of the anthem are held. Also organized charity events called Dana: donating blood, helping the poor, feeding animals.
Muslims in Singapore widely celebrate Hari Raya Poissa – the end of the holy month of Ramadan. On this day, the Malay community opens bazaars and shops with traditional dishes and treats, and performances with folk dances and songs are held on the streets. Hari Raya Poissa will be celebrated this year on July 6th.
Singapore National Day is held on August 9th: funny and noisy events are held throughout the city, and spectacular fireworks complete the holiday. In autumn, the time comes for another major event – the festival of lights of Diwali (sometimes called Deepavali), the main Hindu festival. The festival symbolizes the victory of the forces of light over the forces of darkness. The event is especially marked in Little India: the whole quarter is decorated with lights and traditional garlands. Usually, on this day people go to temples and organize street festivities. In 2016, Diwali fell on October 29th.
Another administrative region of China, which has autonomy until 2047. Hong Kong celebrates a number of its dates that are not related to Chinese traditions, but some of the holidays coincide. Like the people of Macau, Hong Kongers celebrate the birthday of the sea goddess Tin Hau. A celebration in her honor is arranged on a grand scale. On the festively decorated streets parades with dragons take place, sailing ships make a swim off the coast, and in the end, a firework show begins. The Tin Hau Festival will be held on April 29th.
Hong Kong annually becomes the venue for a rather unusual festival, which is dedicated to ordinary buns. Festivities take place in the city, and they last several days. The main attraction is climbing onto high (about ten meters) towers, which are covered with butter rolls and resemble ears of corn. The task is to get the bun from the very top. Anyone who can do this, can not worry about anything else – the next year will be especially prosperous for him. You can try your luck from May 11 to May 15.
God Tan Kung is interesting because outside Hong Kong they know almost nothing about him. Like Tin Hau, Tan Kung is considered the patron saint of sailors. According to legend, at the age of twelve, he discovered the ability to control the weather. The talents of the young deity were appreciated and since ancient times began to be treated with great honor. Tang Kung’s birthday is celebrated on May 14th.
Spain and France often go to the dwarf state for the sake of shopping: Andorra is a duty-free zone that promises lucrative purchases. But there are also several interesting events that attract tourists from Europe and more distant lands every year.
Until the second of June in Andorra the Theater Season is held – a variety of performances are presented, including puppet shows. The main event is considered the Day of Andorra la Vella. The holiday is celebrated on the first Saturday of the last month of summer; in 2016 it will be August 6th. The program includes fairs, sports tournaments, a procession of puppets, concerts, and performances. In addition, music festivals are regularly held in the country.
This European principality has microscopic dimensions, even by the standards of dwarf states – the area is only 160 square kilometers. The country is associated with Switzerland, that is, the independence and sovereignty of Liechtenstein are preserved, but most of the powers are given to Switzerland.
Liechtenstein hosts many music festivals. On July 1-2, the LIFE festival will take place, immediately after it LiGiTa starts – guitar music concerts. The event will be held from July 2 to 9. The village of Malbun annually becomes the venue for the Malbun Donkey Festival, whose main characters are donkeys. Visitors will be able to make sure that these animals are not without reason called stubborn creatures. The competitive descent from the mountain accompanied by a person turns into a real competition for them. The festival will be held on August 9th. And after a week, on the 15th, you can participate in the main holiday of the country – National Day, when Liechtenstein gained sovereignty.