Also known as the Lantern Festival or Moon-cake Festival, the Singapore Mid Autumn Festival is one of the most popular events celebrated by the Singaporean Chinese community.
It takes place annually on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month and has been celebrated for more than one thousand years in China.
Singapore Mid Autumn Festival Singapore 2017 & Chinese Moon Cakes
The whole family gets involved in the celebration giving them time to bond as they gather the harvest, pray and offer thanksgivings. Business partners and friends also show their gratitude by sharing moon-cake gifts. The Lantern festival is not complete without savouring the tasty moon-cakes which come in various shapes, colours and flavors. The signature moon-cake for the Singaporean community is the Durian-filled cake.
The Singapore Mid Autumn Festival takes place during a full moon which is a beautiful sight to see. The best observation area is at the seashore where the moon’s reflection shines brightly on the water. The festival gets into full swing after the sun goes down. At this time, thousands of lanterns will be lit and put on display all over the city. Be sure to be part of this spectacular event and walk through the streets lit with lanterns of different designs, kinds and colour.
Here are the dates for some of the events scheduled in Chinatown for 2017:
- Lantern Painting Competition: 17 September 2017
- Street Bazaar: 20 September 2017 to 4 October 2017
- Opening Ceremony: 23 September 2017
- Carnival: 24 September 2017
- Street Light-Up: 23 September 2017 to 19 October 2017
- Nightly Stage Show: 23 September 2017 to 4 October 2017
- Walking Trail: 30 September 2017 to 1 October 2017
- Mass Lantern Walk: 1 October 2017
If you are planning to be in Singapore during the festival, make sure you take part in this unique celebration.