The Special Administrative Region of Macau is going to celebrate two major events this year in an action packed 2013 Year of the Snake Calendar. One of these two events has a silver lining to it while the other definitely bears a diamond cut.
This former Portuguese colony is preparing for the 60th anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix, an event that will see some of the best drivers in the circuit along with their constructors competing for the top spot in a series of races. The first series of six races, in this annual sporting event happening since 1954 and celebrating the diamond jubilee this year, will take place between November 9 and 10,while the remaining seven races which includes blue ribbon races such as Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, the 47th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix and the grand finale of the season, the FIA World Touring Car Championship to be held between 14 and 17 November. Some of the previous winners at the Macau Grand Prix include house-hold names as Michael Schumacher and his sibling Ralf, the late Ayrton Senna and the Australian Vern Schuppan.
Even before rubber meets the road in November and things starts heating up, September will be an awe inspiring month for local Macanese as well as for tourists who will be here to witness the spectacle when the evening sky over Macau will light up in a series of brilliant display of fireworks. Countries competing in the 25th Annual Macau International Fireworks Display Contest will try to outdo and outshine others in a bid to win the top slot. This year is the silver anniversary of the fireworks contest which will compliment some special events such as a International Dragon Boat festival, major arts, music, food and of course the very popular Mid-Autumn festivals. Fireworks have always been a legacy for this place as it used to be one of the top three major handicrafts. As such fireworks have always played a significant part in the festivities and celebrations of the Macanese people. The fireworks festival of Macau has been globally recognized as to be an event that demonstrates the uniqueness of Macau’s culture. Over the last few years more than 100 teams have participated in this one-of-a-kind festival with teams from China, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, the UK, Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain competing against each other.