Every year, Singapore comes alive with colourful lanterns and decorations for the Mid-Autumn Festival. A festival derived through the custom of moon worshipping during the Shang Dynasty, it is now known best as a celebration of family unity at a time of year when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.
With 16,800 lanterns lighting up four main streets in Chinatown – New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, Smith Street and South Bridge Road, the festival is brought to life in mesmerizing style. A lantern light-up feat that has entered the Singapore Book of Records will be a month long celebration filled with events and shows.
Held from 15th September to 14th October 2012, the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2012 is an ideal time to make that visit to Chinatown! The best way to get there is by MRT: North-East Line – Chinatown Station (NE4) with it’s last train service ending at 11.50pm.
For more information on what Mid-Autumn Festival is all about, read my 2011 experience Lanterns, Mooncakes & Legends. The Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival is organized by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee and full programme details can be found HERE.
Lively and vibrant Chinese cultural performances
Catch nightly performances at Kreta Ayer Square
Colourful lantern-themed decorations of Chinatown
**We thank the Singapore Tourism Board for inviting us to this spectacular event. As always all opinions are that of the author.