Macao has a unique festival culture, which is a mix of traditional Chinese celebrations such as Lunar New Year, a few Portuguese celebrations, and large-scale international events such as the following:
- Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Rooster: This Parade is based on a different theme each year, and sees residents marching across streets and plazas holding colorful flower arrangements. The Parade brings in the Chinese New Year along with several other festive activities from the end of January till mid-February.
- The Macao Arts Festival: This festival brings together theatre, dance, music, and circus, multimedia and visual arts to become part of an artistic panorama of events in April-May each year.
- The Macao Lotus Flower Festival: A showcase of beautiful perennial aquatic plants found everywhere in China. Every year, a particular lotus flower species is highlighted in the festival.
- The Macao International Fireworks Display Contest: This is one of the best festivals in the world; it takes place on the Macau Tower Shorefront, and over 100 participants from different countries participate in this world-class pyrotechnic shoot-out. The festival takes place from mid-September to 1st October.
Other annual festivals are the Feast of the God Tou Tei, the Tun Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) and western festivals such as Easter, Procession of our Lady of Fátima, and Christmas.