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Folk Customs and People’s Livelihood

Following the arrival of the Portuguese in Macao, the Western culture, in particular the South European culture, influenced and impacted Macao residents who followed traditional Chinese culture in many aspects. The daily life of the Chinese residents of Macao - such as their cooking, costumes, wedding ceremonies, festivals , etc. - preserved traditional Chinese customs, whilst fusing Western cultures and customs, making Macao share dissimilarities and commonalities with other regions in China.

The Macanese - a special community in Macao nurtured by Eastern and Western cultures - have a unique language and cooking artistry that adds charm to Macao's colourful living culture.