Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner. On the 4th October 2017, you are able to enjoy the festival with the colourful lanterns, delicious (snow skin) mooncakes, and sipping tea while admiring the full moon.
Why do we celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival
Marking the end of the autumn harvest, the Mid-Autumn Festival was traditionally a time to give thanks to the gods.
It is also a time of year that the moon is at its brightest, which is why lunar legends have always been attached to the celebration. Notably, the story of Chang Er, the wife of a merciless king who downed the elixir of immortality he had intended to drink, to save her people from his tyrannical rule.
Where can you go during the Festival
If you are wondering where to go on this special day, we recommend you pick one of these places to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 in Singapore.
Exit from Chinatown station (MRT) in the Central Area of Singapore, it is a subzone and ethnic location located within the Outram district. Chinatown is a bustling mix of old and new, filled with traditional shops and markets. The festive trade fair and street stalls open for business from 20 September till 4 October.
Go to Chinatown Website for more details.
Garden By the Bay
A much-anticipated event in the Gardens’ calendar, Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay draws visitors with its large-scale lantern displays and myriad festivities amidst a lush garden setting.
This year, the Gardens celebrates autumn abundance with lantern sets symbolic of bountiful harvests and good fortune, nightly cultural performances, a food street featuring Asian delights, and craft booths offering activities like lantern decorating, umbrella painting and Chinese knotting.
Find out more at GardenByTheBay.com.sg for more details.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival this year, The Arts Fission Company presents Moonstruck. It is a performance having the Chinese legend, Chang Er 嫦娥, to tell a new Mid-Autumn story. Moonstruck – Sleepless in Lunar Palace has especially staged for the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage where dancers appear as mysterious characters in whimsical costumes. The dance performance features well-known music that is inspired by the moon and a metalized arrangement of Beethoven’s famous Moonlight Sonata. Come with your loved ones and be part of the moonstruck crowd.
Since the Mid-Autumn Festival is about lunar appreciation, celebrations go into full swing once the sun goes down. If none of the above does suit you, you can always take a walk in the parks and temples nearby to enjoy the Mid-Autumn atmosphere. I hope this information helps you and Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everyone! If you have other places to recommend, give us your feedbacks/comments on our Facebook or Instagram.
* Updated on 10 october 2017
Have you missed the Garden Rhapsody: Tales of the Moon at Garden By the Bay, Singapore? Fear not, watch this special Mid-Autumn edition musical show below.