The National Day of Macau is on the 20 December (Transfer of sovereignty to the PRC 1999) 1 October (National Day of China). It is also known as “Dia da RAEM” in Portuguese or “澳門特別行政區成立紀念日” in Chinese, is celebrated annually on 20th December. It is a public holiday in Macau, a special administrative region of China.
National Day of Macau
The National Day of Macau is to celebrate the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) on the 20th December 1999. As you will know that Macau was a colony of Portugal for over 400 years until its transfer of sovereignty to China on 20th December 1999.
On this day, a flag-raising ceremony is held at the Golden Lotus Square in Macau, followed by a series of cultural performances and festivities throughout the city. The celebrations usually last for several days and include activities such as firework displays, parades, and exhibitions showcasing Macau’s unique culture and heritage.
The National Day of Macau is an important event for the people of Macau, as it celebrates the region’s autonomy and its cultural diversity, as well as its historical ties to Portugal and China. See also the National Day of China as well as the National Day of Portugal.
Public Holidays in Macau
Here is a list of public holidays in Macau for the year 2023:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Lunar New Year’s Day – January 29th
- Second day of Lunar New Year – January 30th
- Third day of Lunar New Year – January 31st
- Ching Ming Festival – April 5th
- Good Friday – April 14th
- Easter Monday – April 17th
- Labour Day – May 1st
- Dragon Boat Festival – June 2nd
- Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day – December 20th
- Christmas Day – December 25th
Note that if a public holiday falls on a weekend, the following workday will be a day off instead.