Mooncakes and the Mid-Autumn Festival 2011

by admin on September 9, 2011

(All photographs © 21stcenturymummy. Please do not use without permission)

Singapore is the city of a thousand festivals, at least it feels like that anyway. Every week there seems to be a different festival being celebrated. We have just had the Hungry Ghost Festival, when the Chinese believe the gates of hell are opened to let out hungry ghosts who wander and look for food. Now it’s Mid-Autumn Festival, also know as the Mooncake or Lantern Festival. It’s a traditional harvest festival celebrated by the Chinese and is a major highlight in Singapore’s cultural calendar. People eat Mooncakes (traditional chinese pastries made out of lotus seed paste available in all sorts of unusual flavours) and Pomelos.

Between 29th August and 12 September, events are held around the city, including China Town, the Chinese Gardens, the Esplanade and many have things for children to enjoy. Streets are lit up with magical lantern displays, there are lantern walks, parades, shows, and there is even a special event at our condo with a lantern procession for the little ones.

Every evening, the whole of the river alongside Clarke Quay is lit up by a spectacular display of thousands of glowing lanterns. 2011 is the year of the rabbit, so there are rabbit lanterns everywhere, as well as the 12 animals of the  Chinese zodiac and a giant ship. There’s a great atmosphere and it’s well worth a visit.

These last two elaborately decorated floats form a series of 8, designed by master craftsmen from Sichuan.

Visit Singaporeplayground blog for 14 interesting things to do during Mid-Autumn Festival


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