If you are someone who is interested in Macau and Indonesia, especially when it comes to the holidays because you can’t practically wait any more to finally go there and see what it’s about, then don’t worry as in the following paragraphs you will learn all about some of them and will also be let in on a list with some of the hottest holidays in both of these wonderful places.
Macau: Public Holidays 2013
Some of the upcoming public holidays that you will be able to enjoy while visiting Macau number:
Ching Ming on April 4th
Easter Holidays on April 6-th and 7th
A-ma Festival on April 13th
Tam Kong Festival, Feast of the drunken dragon, Feast of Buddha on April 28th
And many more!
During Ching Ming the entire family will have to visit their relatives’ or their ancestor’s graves. Because of this they will need to have paper offerings (like paper clothes and money) with them, joss sticks and other accessories, depending on how serious the family is about this day. The accessories the family brings to the dead ones will have to be burnt and this way, they will receive them on the other side.
The A-ma Festival is all about paying tribute to the most popular deity in Macau’s culture and that is the Goddess of Seafarers. It is said that in the past, A-ma the maiden, told the elements to calm down when an approaching storm was going to threaten the lives of people in a boat. When the sailors reached to the shore, they built the A-Ma temple. On this day, families and seafarers visit it in order to pray and thank the merciful Goddess.
On the Tam Kong Festival’s day, people actually celebrate the birthday of the God named “Tam Kong”. People believe that he is the god who helps the sick and also controls the weather. To celebrate him, lively lion dances take place, Chinese opera is sung, firecrackers are burnt near the Tam Kong Temple and also traditional offerings are made.
Visiting Indonesia can be a really fun journey you will never forget
If you someone who will visit Indonesia in 2013, you should know that there are a lot of holidays you will be able to see people celebrating there, some of them being very famous and amazingly celebrated. If you want to see something special which will enchant your eyes and amaze your senses, then try to get to one of these holidays booked and you will have something more to brag about to your friends.
Indonesia: Public Holidays 2013
January 1st – New Year’s Day
January 23rd – Chinese New Year
February 5th – The prophet of Muhammad’s birthday (In this day there are no special prayers, yet Muslims will talk about the life and deeds of the prophet).
March 23rd – Day of silence (In this day people pray for a better future for 24 hours, whilst not being allowed to speak but only in whispers, turn on radios, TVs, music, etc)
April 6th – Good Friday (This is a free day, so people don’t have to work, kids don’t go to school, business don’t run and some newspapers also choose not to publish).
May 6th – Waisak Day (During this holiday there are many activities taking place in the Buddhist temples. People pray and thank to the Sang Tri Ratna god for creating the Earth).
May 17th – Ascension day of Jesus Christ (This is a common celebration and people will celebrate Jesus’ return to the Heavens).
Some other Holidays that you will be able to see people celebrating in Indonesia number:
May 18th – Joint Holiday
June 17th – Independence Day
August 19th – Eid Al-Fitr
October 26th Eid al-Adha
November 15th Muharram
November 16th Joint Holiday
December 24th – Joint Holiday
December 25th – Christmas Day
Visiting Indonesia is certainly one of the best things you can do for yourself if you want to see and explore a culture that has fascinated people for thousands of years. There are so many things to see and explore that you will never get bored for even 1 second.
With that being said, it seems that while visiting both of these countries you will really have a lot of things to do, so make sure you pack your bag with all the things you need in your next vacation, because you’re certainly going to have a lot of fun here. Have a great time!