Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore
What is Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore?
Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore is the harvest festival symbolizing the celebration of good harvest and thanksgiving to the Almighty. This festival is also known as Moon Festival because it is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night, corresponding to late September to early October of the Gregorian calendar with a full moon at night.
The Mid-Autumn harvest festival also involves interesting mythological legends. This is also known as the moon festival and moon worship is an important part of the festival celebration. With the full moon on this night, offerings are made to the lunar deity, Chang’e, known as the Moon Goddess of Immortality.
The festival is primarily celebrated by ethnic Chinese and Vietnam people and with time it has become popular in Singapore. During the festival, family gathering and reunions under the full night sky take center stage.
Many celebration events are held at night like lantern processions have become the symbol of this festival. The festival is also known as Mooncake festival as mooncakes are the main highlight of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Legend has it that rebels used mooncakes to pass important messages which helped to free Yuan China from Mongol rule.
Where to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore?
If you plan your visit to Singapore between 13th of August to the 8th of September, you’ll find yourself marveling at a plethora of lantern displays and nightly music and dance performances by local traditional arts groups.
Lantern Displays at Gardens by the Bay
Adorned by lantern sets, Gardens by the Bay is an ideal place to enjoy cultural performances, street food and Chinese crafts. The centre of attraction includes “Leaping over the Dragon’s Gate” a dazzling lantern set that stretches over 70 meters across the water. Visitors to this mid-autumn festival 2018 event can also set their wishes afloat on a lighted lotus lantern at Dragonfly Lake, pen their wishes on a Golden Tree and enjoy free nightly cultural performances. Added to the festivities is Garden Rhapsody, a beautiful choreography of lights and music, inspired by legends and songs of the moon.
Mid-Autumn Celebration at Moonfest
At the Moonfest Festival presented by Esplanade theatres on the Bay, you can enjoy various types of folk arts performances such as Chinese opera, martial arts, woodblock painting, visual arts display about Chinese culture and puppetry. Not to forget the popular lantern walkabout—great fun for the entire family!
Mooncake-making Treat at Singapore Botanic Gardens
You can participate in the mooncake-making workshop and learn how to make snowskin mooncakes using plant ingredients.
Bazaar and Carnival
At night, most of the main streets in Singapore, especially in Chinatown, come alive with a plethora of stalls selling a wide variety of items comprising decorative ornaments, traditional and modern mooncakes, preserved fruits, potted plants, clothes and many more. After dinner, you can leisurely stroll under the glittering lantern displays or partake in the annual Mass Lantern Walk with assorted lanterns while grooving in live performances, such as a local dragon dance, and festive songs.
Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival
Explore the rich heritage, taste mooncakes and get involved in lantern-making workshops at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2018. The largest mooncake of Singapore measuring 1.8 metres in diameter is also unveiled. Other amazing workshops conducted here are snow skin moon making workshops and tea appreciation workshops.
Disney Tsum Tsum in VivoCity’s Sky Park
The Sky Park at Vivo City is a must visit every night when 2,000 Disney Tsum Tsum lanterns light up the sky. Along with redeeming exclusive Disney Tsum Tsum Mid-Autumn EZ-Link cards, you can send a wish into the Frozen-themed wonderland. From the Fairytale Garden to the Tunnel of Love, the Frozen-themed Wishing Wonderland to the huge Mickey and Minnie showpiece, kids have so much to explore. All proceeds are donated to Children’s Cancer Foundation.
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
You can enjoy watching the stars in the planetarium show, attending cultural appreciation talks, opera performances and craft workshops. Entry is free
Over The Moon at Jurong Point
You can join in the fun and excitement at Jurong Point. From cultural performances and games to the lantern walk, all is well organized by the shopping mall and Mid-Autumn Fair.