Macao S.A.R. Establishment Day around the world in 2019

Macao S.A.R. Establishment Day around the world in 2019
  How long until Macao S.A.R. Establishment Day?
This holiday next takes place in 186 days.
  Dates of Macao S.A.R. Establishment Day around the world
2020MacauDec 20, Dec 21
Macau Mon, Dec 21Government Holiday (in lieu)
Macau Sun, Dec 20National Holiday
2019MacauDec 20
Macau Fri, Dec 20National Holiday
2018MacauDec 20
Macau Thu, Dec 20National Holiday
2017MacauDec 20
Macau Wed, Dec 20National Holiday
2016MacauDec 20
Macau Tue, Dec 20National Holiday
  Summary
Sovereignty over Macau was transferred from Portugal to China on 20 December 1999

When is Macau SARE Day?

Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment (SARE) Day (known as 'Dia Commemorativo do Estabelecimento da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau' in Portuguese) is celebrated on 20 December and commemorates the Chinese government assuming formal sovereignty over Macau on 20 December 1999.

History of Macau SARE Day

Macau first became a major settlement and trading post with the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century.

In 1557, the Portuguese established a permanent settlement in Macau, paying an annual rent of Silver to the Chinese. Up to 1863, the Portuguese continued to pay an annual tribute to stay in Macau.

Following the Carnation Revolution of 1974 in Portugal, the new Portuguese government decided it would relinquish all its overseas possessions. In 1976, Lisbon redefined Macau as a "Chinese territory under Portuguese administration" and granted it a large measure of administrative, financial, and economic autonomy.

In June 1986, the Chinese and Portuguese governments commenced negotiations on the sovereignty of Macau. The two countries signed a Joint Declaration in 1987, making Macau a special administrative region (SAR) of China. The Chinese government assumed formal sovereignty over Macau on 20 December 1999.

Since the change in sovereignty, Macau's economy has continued to prosper benefiting from the growth of tourism from mainland China and the construction of new casinos

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