Fireworks rent the air as Macau danced unabashedly to welcome the Chinese New Year 2013. While the magnificent play of lights regaled gods above and people below, Macau acquired a red hue. Candles, decorations, lights and even cakes showed off shades of the warm colour. Locals believe that the colour is the crest of happiness and the badge of virtue, truth and sincerity.
That’s a major reason red enjoys a place of pride during the New Year. In fact, traditionally red envelopes, locally called Lai Si, are also exchanged with new year greetings. Lai Si contains money which is believed to be the harbinger of good luck and prosperity in the coming year.
Homes dressed in bright lights and the colour of the season blissfully showed off good luck flowers and the famous Kumquat trees. Street dances accentuated the celebratory mood. People lined up on the streets to witness the 18 lion dances including the 238 meter dragon and other floats. But the cherry on the cake is the Chinese New Year parade that passed through several prominent areas.
All work came to a halt as friends and family came together. Decorated temples welcomed crowds in traditional costumes. The 16th century A-Ma temple is the favourite of the locals during New Year.
The 10-day gala is an ode to the culture and festive spirit of Macau. Kung Hei Fat Choi Macau!