Planning a trip to Singapore? Then make sure to stay until 10 September for the Mid-Autumn Festival. This is one of the city’s biggest and most eagerly awaited festivals, attracting huge crowds of locals and tourists every year. From traditional Chinese lanterns and parades to endless moon cakes, there are many places in Singapore that celebrate this festival in different ways.
In this Pacific Prime Singapore article, let’s learn more about the Mid-Autumn Festival and places to visit in Singapore for a fun-filled celebration.
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 originated from the ritual of worshiping the moon in autumn in thanksgiving for the harvest of the season. Over time, the Mid-Autumn Festival became meaningful, with families gathering together and praying for good health and happiness.
Today, people in various countries such as China, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines especially celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival as a time for family reunions. On this day, the moon is said to be the brightest and roundest. However, Singapore celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with various displays every year. Here are some events to check out this year:
1. Chinatown parade
Although many places celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinatown is one of the most popular, attracting hundreds of tourists and locals to kick off the festivities. The main street of Chinatown has an opening ceremony for the festival. Also, be sure to check out the ‘mass lantern walk,’ where you can enjoy the ornate, traditional Chinese lanterns on display.
2. The light show at Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a famous part of Singapore, and is also known for their Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations. Every year during this festival, Gardens by the Bay is lit up with Chinese lanterns that are spread over beautiful trees and flowers. Visitors can go through the show, enjoy various performances at night, and eat street food. In addition, the center also has activities for families, such as decorating lanterns, painting umbrellas, and more.
3. Mooncakes at the Takashimaya Fair
Mooncake represents the Mid-Autumn Festival, which many people call the Singapore Mooncake Festival. Mooncakes are a beloved tradition in Chinese culture, so you should get your hands on the most delicious mooncakes this month. You’ll find mooncakes everywhere during this time, but they say you can find the best at Fair Takashimaya.
4. Go Moonstruck at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Moonstruck Performance is a performance based on the story of a moonstruck woman. This story is based on a Chinese legend and is one of the highlights of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore.
5. Moonfest 2022
2022 is the 18th edition of Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration. The festival features many free Chinese art exhibitions and a paid booth that anyone can sign up for. Moonfest 2022 takes place between September 9 and 11, 2022, at Theaters on the Bay.
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