Holidays & Observances in Macau
Macau is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. It is technically a part of China, but it is autonomous in every part of its government except foreign affairs. For hundreds of years, Macau was a colony of Portugal, so its culture is a marriage of the east and the west. Its culture has also been affected by the thriving tourism business. Legal gambling and beautiful beaches make it a popular tourist destination, especially for the Chinese. Macau is also incredibly diverse religiously, with Buddhism being the most practiced religion, but other traditional Chinese religions and western Christian religions are also popular. Holidays reflect the multicultural identity of Macau with traditional Chinese festivals and western holidays existing side by side and being enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.