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Day 359/365

Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass at St. Lawrence’s Church (Igreja de Sao Lourenco).

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Day 345/365

Christmas

I Love Christmas! ^0^

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Day 340/365

Christmas Stable

A beautiful Christmas stable I notice on the street.

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Day 324/365

Fringe Festival

I love listening to guitar music. ^ . ^

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Day 323/365

The 11th Macau Food Festival

At the 11th Macau Food Festival (Japanese food zone).

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Day 322/365

Practice Lap

This year is the 58th Macau Grand Prix. Many motor-racing lovers from different places of the globe have been gathering in the city to attend this event. This 4 days event will be held until November 20th, and this year, the Macau Formula Three Grand Prix continues to be one of the best highlights of the race, which features many national Formula 3 champions and drivers around the world.

The Guia Circuit is considered to be one of the most challenging street circuits, and its layout has not been modified since its first event in 1954. The total length of the circuit is 6.2km, and the minimum width is 7 m. The fastest lap record in the Formula Three Grand Prix  is 2:10.732 by Edoardo Mortara, from Italy, with Dallara F308-Volkswagen in the year of 2009. This year, Edoardo Mortara will race an Audi R8 LMS GT3 for the team Audi Sport Customer Racing China. I wish him good luck! 😀

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Day 320/365

Macau Fringe Festival

November seems to be a busy month with great events and festivals. The 58th Macau Grand Prix will be starting tomorrow, from November 17th until November 20th. At the same time, the 11th Fringe Festival starts on November 12th until December 4th. Moreover, the 11th Macau Food Festival is currently taking place everyday and night at the Nam Van Lake, until November 27th.

Here is the link of the program of the 11th Fringe Festival:

http://www.macaucityfringe.gov.mo/Showpage.aspx?src=show&lang=e

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Day 299/365

Church Choir

Church choir at St. Dominic’s Church.

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Day 296/365

25th Macao International Music Festival

Julliard String Quartet is set for tonight as part of the 25th Macao International Music Festival. It was a brilliant performance! 😀

Programme:
– J. S. Bach: Contrapuncti I, II, III and IV from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080;
– J. Haydn: String Quartet No. 43 in G major, op. 54, No. 1;
– L. van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, op. 130 (with the Große Fuge)

Joseph Lin, Violin
Ronald Copes, Violin
Samuel Rhodes, Viola
Joel Krosnick, Cello

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Day 255/365

Nan Van Lake

Fourth round of the fireworks display contest. There are so many people in Nan Van Lake, it is difficult to set up a tripod. ^ . ^

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Day 254/365

Rabbit Paper Lantern

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival Eve! 😀

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Day 253/365

Fireworks Display

From September 10th until October 1st is the 23rd Macau International Fireworks Display Contest. The contestants are from Canada, South Korea, Japan, United Kingdom, Austria, Taiwan, Philippines, Portugal, France and China. Canada is the first country that displays the fireworks. So beautiful! 😀

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Day 223/365

I saw people burning joss sticks and papers on the street.

In the 7th month of Chinese Calendar, some people will burn “spirit” money and joss sticks, and offer food to the hungry spirits on the street. It is believed that these offerings calm the restless spirits so they can rest in peace and go to the light instead of lingering around in the physical world.

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Day 218/365

Chinese Calendar

There are two Valentine’s Days to celebrate in Macau! One is on February 14th, and the other one is on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in the Chinese calendar! Happy Chinese Valentine’s Day to everyone! 🙂

Here is the love story about this day:

Article from: http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/77a.htm

“A love story for this day is about the 7th daughter of Emperor of Heaven and an orphaned cowherd. The Emperor separated them. The 7th daughter was forced to move to the star Vega and the cowherd moved to the star Altair. They are allowed to meet only once a year on the day of 7th day of 7th lunar month.

The story began from the good-looking poor orphaned boy living with his elder brother and sister-in-law. After his parents past away, his brother inherited the house and the land. The boy owned an old ox. He needed to work on the farm’s field with the ox everyday. So he was called a cowherd. His daily life was just like in a Cinderella story. The 7th daughter of Emperor is good at handcrafting, especially weaving clothing. So she was called a Weaving Maid. The Emperor likes her skill to weave clouds and rainbows to beautify the world. The ox was actually an immortal from the Heaven. He made mistakes in the Heaven and was punished as an ox in the Earth. One day, the ox suddenly said to the cowherd, “You are a nice person. If you want to get married, go to the brook and your wish will be come true.” The cowherd went to the brook and saw all 7 pretty daughters of Emperor came down from Heaven and took a bath in there. Fascinated by the youngest and also the most beautiful one, he took away her fairy clothes secretly. The other six fairies went away after bath. The youngest couldn’t fly back without her fairy clothes. Then the cowherd appeared and told her that he would not return her clothes unless she promised to be his wife. After a little hesitation and with a mixture of shyness and eagerness, she agreed to the request from this handsome man. So they married and had two children two years later. One day, the old ox was dying and told the cowherd that he should keep his hide for emergency purpose. The Emperor found the sky’s not that beautiful as before without the 7th daughter weaving clouds and rainbows. He wanted his daughter’s grandmother to find the missing daughter and to bring her back. While the 7th princess was flying to the Heaven with her grandmother, the cowboy wore the ox hide, took his children in two bamboo baskets with his wife’s old fairy clothes and chased after his wife in the sky. The grandmother made a milky way in the sky with her hairpin, which kept them separated. The 7th princess was moved to the star Vega (The swooping – Eagle) in the Lyra (Harp) constellation. And the cowherd with his two children stayed in the star Altair (Flying one) in the Aquila (Eagle) constellation. The star of Vega is also known as the Weaving Maid Star and the star of Altair is as the Cowherd Star in China.

Magpies were moved by their true love and many of them gathered and formed a bridge for the couple to meet in the evening of the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, which is the day the Emperor allowed them to meet once a year. They said that it’s hard to find a magpie on Chinese Valentine’s Day in China, because all magpies fly to make the bridge for the Weaving Maid and Cowherd. The one thing to prove that is the feathers on the head of the magpies are much lesser after the Chinese Valentine’s Day. If the night Chinese Valentine’s Day rains, the rain are the tears of the Weaving Maid and Cowherd.”

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Day 166/365

Leal Senado Square

The 11th Macau Lotus Festival! From June 11th until June 19th 😀
There are a series of activities themed on lotus you can expect to see during the festival.

Here is the schedule list:
http://www.iacm.gov.mo/e/act/detail.aspx?p1=iacmweb&key=147845f8-691a-4efe-a4de-4866191250b8

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Day 135/365

Encounters: St. Paul’s Ruins Audiovisual Mapping

The Macao Arts Festival (MAF) is an annual event held in Macao during the month of May, which consistently enriches the cultural and artistic life of residents as well as visitors. Organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government, this year under the slogan ‘Enjoy Life through Art’, the MAF actively promotes the arts and artistic education, in an effort to encourage residents to engage in artistic activities and welcome the arts into their daily lives…

The show is really awesome!!!! 😀 I’d like to watch it again!!!

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Day 133/365

Today is the 13th of May, day of the Procession of Our Lady of Fátima.

The event commemorates the miracle of the appearance of Virgin Mary to three young children in a Portuguese rural village of Fátima in Portugal in 1917. The Procession of  Our Lady of Fátima begins at S. Domingos Church and ends at the Penha Chapel atop Penha Hill. The Chapel far away with bright light is the Penha Chapel. I’m a bit too late to join the procession… > . <

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Day 130/365

Feast of the Drunken Dragon

Day 130

Feast of the Drunken Dragon.

The Legend:

“The Feast of the Drunken Dragon has an interesting history. Legend has it that during the Qing Dynasty, villagers of mainland China were attacked with a plague. They called upon the Buddha to protect them, by parading a large statue of the Buddha through village streets. During the procession, a python (believed to have been sent from heaven) blocked their way. A drunken monk is then said to have cut the python into three pieces, and dancing in glee, threw the pieces into the river.

The river water turned red from the python’s blood and then the python is said to have re-emerged from the river and flown in to the skies. This was assumed as a sacred omen, since the python was believed to be a sacred dragon sent from heaven. After this the villagers discovered that the weeds growing in the river had accrued certain medicinal values that could cure plague.

Since then, the Feast of the Drunken Dragon is celebrated in the Chinese cities of Macau, Zhuhai and Zongshan where people dance the ‘drunken dragon dance’, in processions, while drinking and spitting out Chinese rice wine.

In Macau, the Feast of the Drunken Dragon has been regularly held for the past fifty years, on the eight day of the fourth month of the Chinese Lunar calendar. This day also coincides with the birthday of the Buddha and the feast of God Tam Kung. It begins with the traditional Chinese custom of eye-dotting which takes place at the Kuan Tai Temple in Senado Square. After this, the procession progresses to every fresh food market in Macau.

Another tradition during the Feast of the Drunken Dragon involves giving out “longevity rice” in lunch boxes (for free of course). This rice is supposed to give a long life and many offspring to the eater. Such lunch boxes are given out at Iao Hon, Holland Garden, Toi San and Patene along with Red Market and Sao Domingos Food Market.”

(Article from MacauTourismWebsite)

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Day 115/365

A-Ma Temple Square

Every year, on the 23rd day of the Third Moon, people celebrate the Goddess of Seafarers (A-Ma), from whom Macau is said to derive its name. Long time ago, the maiden A-Ma ordered the elements to calm down when a storm threatened a boat. Then, the winds abated, saved the fishermen.

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Day 112/365

Se Catedral (Cathedral in Macau)

Easter Event in Macau.

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