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Macau Public Holidays 2012
There are several Macau holidays to take a look at in 2012. These holidays involve many different times that relate closely to the lunar calendar.
Lunar New Year: Jan 23.
The Lunar New Year came around in 2012 on January 23 and will return in 2013 on February 10.
Ching Ming: April 4.
Ching Ming is a holiday that will take place on April 4. This is also known as Tomb Sweeping Day. People honour their ancestors by visiting their tombs, sweeping them and offering them food and other libations. A bank holiday for the festival will be held on the day after.
Good Friday: April 6.
Good Friday will be celebrated on April 6 with Easter Sunday on April 8. The Catholic seasons are highly respected in Macau.Dr
Dia do Buda: April 28.
Dia do Buda is the next of the Macau public holidays in 2012. It is a celebration of the birthday of the Buddha. This is a time of religious observance among Buddhists in Macau.
Dragon Boat festival: June 23.
The Dragon Boat Festival will be held on June 23. This is an event where people will race dragon boats and pour rice into the Miluo River as a tribute to Qu Yuan, the late Chinese poet.
Chong Chao: Sept 30.
Chong Chao will be held on September 30. It is a holiday where people worship their deities and consume Mooncakes. Mooncakes are pastries that include salted egg yolks and are used to symbolize harmony in life.
National Day: Oct 1.
The National Day is also celebrated in Macau. This is held on October 1 and is considered to be one of the most valuable national holidays in Macau and all around China.
Chong Yeong, or Ancestors’ Day: Oct 23.
Chong Yeong, or Ancestors’ Day, is on October 23. It is used as a means of honouring the dead with special processions in the Christian faith.
Christmas Day: Dec 25.
Christmas Day and traditional New Years are also celebrated as Macau holidays. People will also celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Hong Kong Public Holidays 2012
Holidays have always been among the best days to get a vacation. Utmost relaxation, leisure and entertainment can be done during these wonderful times. If you are planning to visit Hong Kong, here are the Hong Kong Public Holidays of 2012 that will help you set a “Hong Kong Holidays” flow of visit.
Please note this is an estimate and should be used as guide only. We do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of this Hong Kong holiday calendar.
January 1 and 2.
Just like any other country, these days are given among the Hong Kong holidays to allow a nationwide celebration of the New Year.
January 23, 24 and 25.
Unlike the New Year holidays, Chinese New Year in Hong Kong are provided a 3-day holiday to offer more merry making and festivity.
This is what the locals call the Ching Ming Festival or the Tomb Sweeping Day or Mourning Day. The Ching Ming Festival is devoted to their deceased loved ones and family. In Chinese, “Ching” means clean while “ming” means brightness.
Hong Kong also has a community of Catholics and Protestants. Good Friday is a commemoration of the death and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Easter Monday is an important occasion for Catholics/Protestants because this day is believed to be the day of Jesus Christ’ resurrection.
This is also Hong Kong’s Labor Day. There are countries who celebrate May 1st as Labor Day due to the May 1, 1886 institution of the 8-hour work shift.
This is known as The Buddha’s Birthday. This day will be best experience when you see the World’s Largest seated bronze Buddha at the Po Lin Monastery. Nonetheless, many Buddhist temples will have ceremonial activities all throughout Hong Kong.
The 23rd of June is the Dragon Boat Festival where you can see an extensive competition of beautiful dragon boats and other stupendous events.
This day is offered in remembrance of Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Region establishment.
A day after the Mid-Autumn festival. You will surely enjoy another set of exemplary dragon boat races and a variety of food displays. This is the day when the famous moon cakes are devoured under the moonlight including a scrumptious line of baked products and more.
The 2nd of October was made as a substitute for the National Day.
Have a taste of the Chung Yeung Festival as it is regarded to provide good luck for travellers to high places such as hills and mountains. This day is done by visiting their late family members’ at grave sites and cemeteries.
December 25 and 26.
Hong Kong joins the world in celebrating Christmas Day on the 25th while December 26 is considered as Hong Kong’s Boxing Day and St. Stephen’s Day. Boxing Day is thought to be the result of “putting the boxes away” tradition. These boxes were the ones used for Christmas gifts and presents.
Beijing- A tourist’s paradise
When your heart craves for a place which is completely dipped in the mysticisms and creations which are embedded in the glorious pages of history and yet should be developed enough to provide luxury and a vent out of the daily hustle bustle of your daily life, then Beijing is the place to be. The high population in Beijing makes sure that its name is mentioned whenever anyone talks of the few most populated cities worldwide and why not? After all it boasts of being the capital of the country that is the top notch when it comes to population-China.
Beijing has developed to become China’s cultural, political, educational and scientific hub. The travel and tourism options have been used to the maximum in this city thus boosting its growth and launching it as one of the world’s best tourist heart throbs. It reached its pinnacle of glory and came more into the limelight when the Olympics was hosted in this city back in 2008. (more…)