Mumbai, 22nd February, 2016
Festive joy livened up the city as the Year of Monkey arrived. Chinese New Year is an important traditional festival in Chinese culture. The Macao Government Tourist Office prepared a colorful range of festive celebrations for visitors and residents to enjoy in different local districts including fascinating events like the “Parade of Gigantic Golden Dragon”, "Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Monkey", “Valentine's Day Fantasia 2016 – The Fairytale of Lights”, promising a festive season filled with memorable moments.
MGTO presents joyful celebrations to welcome the year of monkey.
Last year Macao welcomed over 30 million visitors. During Spring Festival holidays, a great number of visitors visit Macao from the Mainland and neighboring regions. Visitors of different nationalities also choose to visit Macao during this time of the year to experience the ambience of Chinese Spring festival. MGTO takes the opportunity to express New Year wishes to local citizens and visitors and show warm hospitality of the destination.
A 238-meter-long golden dragon led a parade across major tourist spots and demonstrated vigorous moves accompanied by vibrant young lions. Their lively performance bestowed wishes that Macao will encounter myriad opportunities and achieve remarkable developments in the Year of Monkey. The Chinese zodiac animal “Monkey” symbolizes wisdom and auspiciousness, inspiring Macao residents to embrace new challenges with wisdom and creativity, and work together for a brighter future of Macao.
As another highlight, the eight performance groups for the "Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Monkey" from different countries and regions gave a performance in advance at various tourist spots on the first and second day of Lunar New Year.
Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) also presented a grand outdoor celebration event for Chinese New Year, known as the "Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Monkey", on the third day (10 February) and the sixth day (13 February) of Lunar New Year. This year, the whole Parade revolved around a story about the Monkey King, a famous character in a Chinese classical novel. A multimedia opening show kicked off the Parade for the first time with an extravaganza of light and 3D effects. Similar to last year’s show, famous Hong Kong singers and celebrity hosts were invited to dazzle the Parade. A fireworks show took place on the third night of Lunar New Year, to wish local citizens and visitors a fantastic beginning in the Year of Monkey.
As Valentine’s Day fell on the period of Chinese New Year this year, MGTO specially presented “Valentine's Day Fantasia 2016 – The Fairytale of Lights” at the Taipa Houses-Museum area and numerous attractions nearby in Taipa from 7 – 29 February, offering a fascinating choice of leisure and entertainment for local residents and visitors. Also the 3D mapping show themed as “Cinderella’s Glass Slipper” kindled a romantic vibe and a warm ambience throughout the festive season.