Macau observes New Year’s Day with a public holiday every 1 January, as does most of the rest of the world. However, the celebrations really begin on New Year’s Eve and reach a high point with the turning of the clock from 11:59pm on 31 December to midnight on 1 January.
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Macau, along with Hong Kong, is one of China’s two special administrative districts and is more apt to celebrate Western holidays like 1 January New Year’s Day with gusto than the rest of the country.
It’s on Chinese New Year that the most dazzling fireworks performance is put on by Macau’s Macau Tower, but there are certainly fireworks and firecrackers going off on 31 December and 1 January as well. The first day of the year is a popular time to visit Macau, which 30 million people do every year.
On 1 January, it is an ideal time to ferry over to Macau, to see the Macau Tower and the popular Cotai District, to stay at the luxurious Venetian Hotel, or to see the city via hop on hop off bus tours.
Macau always comes alive at night and glows bright with neon lights, but around the turning of the year, the dazzling lights display becomes only that much more intense and beautiful.