China Cultural and Natural Heritage Day
This year, on the occasion of the China Cultural and Natural Heritage Day, the Cultural Affairs Bureau organizes a series of activities in several World Heritage sites to promote Macao’s intangible heritage, such as carnivals, exhibitions, concerts, talks and courses, and offers free admission to World Heritage sites and museums for all residents and tourists.
The “Cultural and Natural Heritage Day” originates in the “Cultural Heritage Day”. According to the State Council directive - “Notice from the State Council on the Strengthening of the Protection of Cultural Heritage” -, issued on 22 December 2005, in order to create an environment favouring cultural heritage protection and to raise public awareness about the importance of safeguarding cultural heritage, since 2006 the “Cultural Heritage Day” has been celebrated annually on the second Saturday of the month of June.
To comply with the “World Heritage Convention” and the “Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage” adopted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), it is important to safeguard the tangible and intangible cultural heritage, as well as the natural heritage. Thus, on 29 September 2016, the State Council promulgated the “Reply of the State Council on approving the establishment of the ‘Cultural and Natural Heritage Day’”. The “Cultural Heritage Day”, celebrated annually on the second Saturday of the month of June since 2006, was renamed “Cultural and Natural Heritage Day”, aimed at strengthening public awareness about the importance of safeguarding all types of heritage, and promoting the knowledge about each of the categories of heritage.