Let's Celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit - Recreation and Sport Activities
2011-03-14In order to greet the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit, a series of recreation and sport activities were held at several places in Macao by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau and the Macao Sport Development Board in joint efforts from Feb. 5 to Feb. 13, 2011, to celebrate the Chinese New Year with the public and enliven the festive occasion.
The "Cycling Trip", one of the Let’s Celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit-Recreation and Sport Activities, started off from Dr. Sun Yat Sen Municipal Garden at 8:00 a.m. on Feb. 5 (the 3rd day of the 1st lunar month), announcing the kickoff of the Macao-Doumen Ecological Cycle Track. It attracted 150 participants, some of whom came from the same family to enjoy a family union. Cycling fans had a wonderful experience through this cycling trip which not only celebrated the Chinese New Year but also helped the public build up their strength.
The "Lion Dance Performance", one of the Let’s Celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit- Recreation and Sport Activities, was staged at Senado Square and Tap Seac Plaza at 16:30 on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6 (the 3rd day and the 4th day of the 1st lunar month). It is well known that martial art and lion dance are expected programs for the Chinese New Year. In order to promote martial art, lion dance and other traditional performances, and in hopes of creating a festive atmosphere, the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, the Macao Sport Development Board and the Sports Commission of the Macao Federation of Trade Unions invited various sports clubs to demonstrate various "Choi Cheng" (pluck the green) performances. Furthermore, Chinese Kungfu, sabreplay, swordsmanship and cudgel play also won loud applauses from local people and tourists, sending the best wishes for the Lunar New Year.
As one of the Let's Celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit-Recreation and Sport Activities, the "Stepping High Macao Tower Run" which was organized jointly by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, the Macau Sport Development Board, the Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre and the Macao Athletic Association started off from Macau Tower at 8:30 on Feb. 6 (the 4th day of the 1st lunar month). Over 500 participants first ran around Sai Van Lake, and then climbed Macau Tower which has 61 floors of 1,298 steps. With the implication of promoting to a higher position, this activity attracted a lot of sports fans and even their families which cheer up the festive atmosphere. By holding such activities, the sponsor hopes to raise the public awareness that sports activities are good to physical and mental health, and encourages the public to actively take part in sports activities so as to have a habit of doing physical exercises on a regular basis and to improve body immunity.
As a part of the Let's Celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit-Recreation and Sport Activities, the "5-A-Side Football Tournament" and the "3-A-Side Basketball Tournament", organized jointly by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, the Macau Sport Development Board, the Macao Football Association and the Macau-China Basketball Association, were held in the afternoon on the Sports Ground on Estrada do Canal dos Patos. The 2 Tournaments were held on Feb. 6 (the 4th day of the 1st lunar month), which attracted participation of many football and basketball fans.
The Visit to Chinese Ethnics Sculpture Park of the Healthy and Handicapped People, which was organized jointly by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, the Macau Sport Development Board, the Macau Deaf Association, the Macau Special Olympics and the Macau Association of Support for the Disabled, took place in the Grand Taipa Natural Park from 14:00 to 17:00 on Feb. 13 (the 11th day of the 1st lunar month) with 250 participants. This activity not only gave the disabled an opportunity to go for an outing to build up their strength and improve their body immunity, but also drew the public’s attention to the disabled, thus promoting a harmonious society and sharing health information.