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2016 Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival, Singapore

September 2, 2016 - September 30, 2016

Mid-Autumn Festival, Singapore (Photo: Nisha Karyn, adapted from CNA)

Mid-Autumn Festival, Singapore is also known as Mooncake Festival. It falls on the 15th of August on the Lunar Calendar and celebration begins at the start of the August Lunar Month. There is an interesting legend behind the celebration of Mid-Autumn. There was once ten suns in the sky, making Earth uninhabitable. A mighty archer, Hou Yi shot down nine suns and managed to save man-kind. The Queen Mother bestowed a bottle of elixir, which will make Hou Yi immortal, for his efforts. News of the elixir spread and a villain tried to steal the elixir. Hou Yi’s wife, Chang’E tried in vain to stop the bad guy. At wits end, she drank the elixir and flew to the moon.

Mid Autumn Festival, Singapore

Mid-Autumn Festival, Singapore

Mid-Autumn festival is thus a festival where people worship and admire the moon. On the 15th of the Lunar August, the moon is the roundest and brightest. The moon and Hou Yi and Chang’E’s story acts as a reminder to us on reunion and abundance. Families and children will carry lanterns, guess riddles and savour mooncakes along with a cup of tea.

Mid Autumn Festival, Singapore

Mid-Autumn Festival, Singapore (Photo: Nisha Karyn, adapted from CNA)

2016 Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival, Singapore

Mid-Autumn Festival, Singapore

Mid-Autumn Festival, Singapore (Photo: Nisha Karyn, adapted from CNA)

In Singapore, the Chinatown streets are lit up with 900 hand-crafted LED lanterns to celebrate the festival. This year, there are four larger lanterns, that of Hou Yi, Chang’E, the Moon Palace and the jade rabbits, on display. On top of the LED lights display, there are numerous other activities lined up:

  1. Children below 16 years old can take part in the Lantern Painting Competition and win some prizes! All lanterns will be displayed on Pagoda Street.
  2. The streets are light up from 3rd to 30th September from 7 pm to 12 midnight. The official start to the celebrations is on the 3rd September, and there will be performances, songs, dances and firework display.
  3. Walk along the streets of Chinatown where you can find street food, goodies, mooncakes, pomelos, lanterns, handicrafts and tea for sale at the Festival Bazaar and Carnival.
  4. Be enchanted by nightly performances of Chinese cultural acts, folk songs, music and dance by entertainers and troupes from China. The performances are held at Kreta Ayer Square from 3rd to 15th September, 8 pm to 1030pm.
  5. Take part in the Mass Lantern Walk on 11 September from 7 pm to 10 pm. The starting point is at Kreta Ayer Square.
  6. With its strong heritage and character, Chinatown is the perfect place to learn about history and experience Chinese festivals. On 4th, 10th and 11th September from 330 pm to 5 pm, join the Chinatown Walking Trail for a free guided tour around Chinatown.

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September 2, 2016
September 30, 2016
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