Are you planning a trip to Singapore? Then make sure to stick around until the 10th of September for the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations. It is one of the city’s largest and most eagerly anticipated festivals, attracting huge crowds of locals and visitors annually. From traditional Chinese lanterns and parades to an endless supply of moon cakes, there are many places across Singapore celebrating the festival in different styles.
In this Pacific Prime Singapore article, let’s learn more about the Mid-Autumn Festival and the places to visit in Singapore to experience the fun-filled celebrations.
What is the Mid-Autumn Festival, and why is it celebrated?
The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival in China after the Chinese New Year. The festival has a history of 3,000 years and it was derived from the custom of worshiping the moon in autumn to thank it for the harvest of the season. Over time, the Mid-Autumn Festival became more meaningful, with families gathering together and praying for good health and happiness.
Nowadays, people across different countries such as China, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines mainly celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival as a time for family reunions. On this day, it is said that the moon is the brightest and the roundest. However, Singapore celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with various displays and shows every year. Here are some events for you to explore this year:
1. Chinatown parade
While plenty of venues celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinatown is one of the largest hosts, attracting hundreds of tourists and locals to kick off the celebrations. The main street of Chinatown has an opening ceremony for the festival. Also, be sure to explore the area for a ‘mass lantern walk,’ where you can enjoy beautifully decorated, traditional Chinese lanterns on display.
2. Lantern display at Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay are an iconic part of Singapore, and they are also well known for their Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations. Every year during the festival, Gardens by the Bay lights up with Chinese lanterns spread across the beautifully landscaped trees and flowers. Visitors can stroll through the display, enjoy various performances at night, and grab some street food for dinner. Moreover, the venue also has activities for families, such as lantern decorating, umbrella painting, and more.
3. Mooncakes at Takashimaya Fair
Mooncake symbolizes the Mid-Autumn Festival, which most people refer to as the Mooncake Festival in Singapore. Mooncakes are a much-loved festive tradition in Chinese culture, so you must get your hands on the most delicious mooncakes this festive season. You will find mooncakes everywhere during this time, but it is said that you can only find the best ones at the Takashimaya Fair.
4. Catch the Moonstruck Performance at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Moonstruck Performance is a staged act based on the traditional story of the lady on the moon. The story is based on a Chinese legend and is one of the most important events of Singapore’s Mid-Autumn Festival.
5. Moonfest 2022
2022 marks the 18th edition of Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration. The fest features a wide array of free performances of traditional Chinese arts and paid workshops that anyone can signup for. Moonfest 2022 is happening between September 9th and 11th, 2022, at Theaters on the Bay.
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