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Macao Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

English: Macao Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, Portuguese: Dia Comemorativo do Estabelecimento da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau (RAEM), Traditional: 澳門特別行政區成立紀念日, Simplified: 澳门特别行政区成立纪念日

The Macao Special Administrative Region Establishment Day is an important holiday in Macau.

Every 20th December, it celebrates Macau’s freedom from Portuguese rule and its return to China’s special administrative region.

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This event also marks the end of Macau’s colonial days. Macau was part of mainland China until 1550, when the Portuguese colonised it. These centuries under Portuguese rule brought tremendous economic and cultural benefits to the country, though it was difficult for Portugal to let go of its colonies. That didn’t stop Macau: from 1974 onwards, the people worked towards gradual independence.

Finally, in 1999, Portugal signed an agreement to return Macau to China, which was made official on the 20th of December. Due to its historical significance, it’s a public holiday in Macau, and most offices and schools are closed. However, the Macao Government Tourism Office always organises exciting activities and events for locals and visitors in town during this time. The goal is always to highlight the significance of local tourism, the cultural diversity that Portuguese rule brought about, the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy, and so much more.

There are many activities to enjoy on Macao Special Administrative Region Establishment Day. Since it’s a public holiday, you can check out a casino to try your hand at the slot machine or blackjack. Explore the food scene and indulge in local favourites such as pork chop buns, Portuguese egg tarts, almond cookies, sweet beef jerky, and more. Spend time outdoors and enjoy a coffee with a view of famous world heritage sites. With all the exciting things to do around town, this holiday is the perfect day to make the most of it.

The Macao Special Administrative Region Establishment Day is an opportunity to reflect on the country’s colourful history.

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