Macao is set to collar new fans in February, as visitors join locals on the streets to embrace the Year of the Dog. The city is teeming with activities during the entire month. The Chinese New Year, a period also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, starts on February 16th and is marked by a weeklong festive period.
Events scheduled to usher Chinese New Year include the Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Dog (Feb 18th and 24th), the Parade of Gigantic Dragon (Feb 16th) and a firework display (Feb 18th). Crowds also take the opportunity to visit the city's many temples to ask for blessings for the Lunar New Year, while Senado Square is graced with festive lanterns, flowers and entertainment.
February also brings music, and lots of it. To celebrate Valentine's Day, the Macao Orchestra is inviting Portuguese soprano Sofia Escobar and Chinese tenor Li Yi to perform in The Phantom of Love concert (Feb 10th).
The Macao Chinese Orchestra hosts the "Dance on the Strings" - Bowed Strings Concert (Feb 23rd), blending tradition and modernity and showcasing the versatility of the ehru, a staple instrument of Chinese music tradition.
Another of this month's highlights is the Procession of the Passion of Our Lord, the God Jesus (Feb 17th-18th), which during two days brings Catholic devotion into the narrow streets of downtown Macao.
With Macao's wide array of events for February – covering all manner of topics and interests – there is no shortage of things to keep visitors busy and entertained as they kick off the Lunar New Year!
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