When: 2 to 30 September 2016
Where: Various Locations
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival (2 to 30 September)
Gardens by the Bay (3 to 18 September)
Moonfest @ Esplanade (9 to 11 September)
Falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as “Mooncake Festival” or “Lantern Festival" is traditionally a time to give thanks to the gods to mark the end of the autumn harvest. It is also when the moon appears at its fullest and brightest. Legend has it that Chang Er, the wife of a merciless king, downed the elixir of immortality he had intended to drink to save her people from his tyrannical rule. She then ascended to live on the moon and has been worshipped as a Moon Goddess ever since.
Mooncakes became part of the Mid-Autumn festival during the Ming revolution and were used to distribute hidden messages coordinating an uprising against the Mongol rule of the Yuan dynasty.
In Singapore, Mid-Autumn Festival is widely celebrated. These mooncakes symbolize appreciation and good wishes for the future.
Main highlight is the streets light up at Chinatown, where traditional Chinese cultures comes alive, from 7pm on 3 September 2016 to midnight of 30 September 2016. Be enchanted by the decorations along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road and inner streets of Chinatown. You will also get to sample mooncakes and fine teas at the street bazaar, watch nightly performance, lantern making and painting competition and join in the mass lantern walk on 11 September 2016 at 7pm till 10 pm, starting at Kreta Ayer Square.
Alternatively, you can head down to Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore’s national performing arts centre, for the Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration. This three-day jam-packed festival will feature both free and ticketed programmes for everyone. Highlight of the festival will be the street opera performances, folk song concert, classical Chinese dance and lantern walkabout. Visit the website at moonfest.com.sg for more information.
Meanwhile, Gardens by the Bay will have a dazzling display of giant lantern sets, the largest measuring up to 27 meters across. See the Gardens comes to life with a kaleidoscope of light and colour with a host of free cultural performances and enjoy a variety of food choices at the food street.
If you are in Singapore during Mid-Autumn Festival, do not miss the opportunity to experience this rich Chinese tradition.