What's On in Macau: May 2018

By That's PRD, May 2, 2018

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That's PRD takes a look at the best of the month in Macau: 

May 8: A-Ma Festival


This festival celebrates the goddess A-Ma, from whom Macau is said to derive its Cantonese name. After a ritual ceremony, a parade will commence in honor of the deity – known in Chinese mainland as Mazu, or the goddess of the sea – to celebrate the beliefs and customs surrounding this UNESCO-recognized tradition. 

May 8, morning. A-Ma Temple (macautemple.com).

May 12: Super Junior


As part of their world tour, the popular Korean boy band Super Junior are set to visit fans in Macau this month, performing songs from their eighth album, Play. Since forming in 2005, the highly sought-after boy band have been deemed one of K-pop’s most defining acts and are credited with helping spread the genre’s popularity to global audiences. 

May 12, 7pm; MOP780-1980. Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macao (venetianmacao.com).

May 13: Procession of Our Lady of Fátima


Starting from St. Domingo’s Church and working its way to the Penha Chapel, this annual procession of Catholic devotees commemorate the miracle of Fátima in Portugal in 1917. It will feature an open-air mass, while white-robed women carry the statue of Our Lady of Fátima through the historic streets of Macau.

May 13, 5.30pm. St. Domingo’s Church (macaotourism.gov.mo). 

May 22: Feast of the Drunken Dragon 


The Feast of the Drunken Dragon, also known as the Drunken Dragon and Lion Dance Gala, is a local traditional folk festival celebrated by fishmongers in Macau, which later on developed into an annual event on the eighth day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar. A ‘drunken dance’ is performed with a wooden dragon, as well as a ‘drunken dragon parade,’ lion dances and the distribution of ‘longevity rice,’ the grains of which are said to repel evil spirits.

May 22, morning. Kuan Tai Temple (macautemple.com). 

Through May 31: 29th Macao Arts Festival


The 29th edition of the annual Macao Arts Festival (MAF), themed ‘Origan,’ will launch this month with a wide range of mind-expanding topics. With 26 captivating programs that fall into seven categories (Thematic Highlights, Groundbreakers, Cross-Disciplinary Creations, Family Entertainment, Quintessence of Tradition, Concerts and Exhibitions), the MAF is the perfect occasion for audiences to appreciate classics of the musical, theatrical and visual arts refined through time. 

For specific programs, click here.

Click here to see our May event guide for Hong Kong.

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