Christmas Day is a public holiday each year in Macau due to the area’s rich Portuguese and Catholic heritage. The holiday usually falls on 25 December.
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Christmas is less celebrated in mainland China than in Macau and Hong Kong, since the latter two were long under Western control and influence. Plus, in Macau, there is a Catholic community that took root during its time as a Portuguese colony.
The more religiously inclined in Macau will attend Christmas mass or another Christmas church service. Some may even attend a midnight mass on Christmas Eve to welcome the dawning of Christmas morning.
But most Christmas events in Macau are engaged in by Christians and non-Christians alike. These include colourful parades with Christmas characters in them, shopping malls and squares decked out with a Christmas tree and other seasonal decor, resorts and restaurants catering to Western Christmas dinner traditions, and a host of festive shows and concerts.