Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2012

by Rosemarie John on September 17, 2012

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.

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