Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 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:┬áNorth-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.

Rosemarie John

Travel and Beyond by Rosemarie John and Joseph Ellis portrays a kaleidoscope of all things travel related mixed with just the right dosage of history and culture.

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