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THERE will be celebrations galore in Macau this year as the Special Administrative Region reaches two significant milestones, one with a silver lining, the other event with a diamond finish.
Prepare for plenty of fireworks as the former Portuguese enclave puts on a carnival atmosphere for the 60th anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix as well as the 25th annual Macau International Fireworks Display Contest.
Both events will star among a galaxy of festivities on a congested 2013 Year of the Snake calendar which also includes an international dragon boat festival, major arts, music and food festivals and the always popular Mid-Autumn festival, to name a few.
An annual motoring event since 1954, the Macau Grand Prix will commemorate its Diamond Jubilee over two weekends, the first series of six races from November 9-10, the final seven races, including such blue ribbon challenges as the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, the 47th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix and the double header season finale of the FIA World Touring Car Championship – from November 14-17.
Notable winners of previous F3 Grand Prix events have included Michael Schumacher, brother Ralf, the late Ayrton Senna and Australian Vern Schuppan.
Prior to this carnival, over the latter half of September, the night sky over Macau will constantly glow in a myriad of magnificent fireworks as a number of countries compete for top billing in a competition that is celebrating a silver anniversary.
Because the firecracker industry was once one the centre’s three major handicrafts, fireworks have played a key role in the Asian centre’s cultural heritage.
The fireworks contest has grown to become a globally recognised event demonstrating “the unique vibes” of Macau.
Over the years, more than 100 international teams have taken part, Australia a key player on a list which has included China, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, the UK, Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain.
Source = Macau Government Tourist Office