Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2018
8 September - 8 October
Themed “Our Chinatown. Our Mid-Autumn”, the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2018 will recapture the scenes and life experiences of Singapore’s Chinatown in the 50s and 60s. It aims to encourage more people especially the youth to learn more about the Chinese traditions and heritage, and the lives of their forefathers when they first came to Singapore. Enjoy nightly stage shows with exciting dragon dance performances on weekends and take part in the popular lantern painting competition and mass lantern walk.
The street lights this year focus on the stories of the early Chinese immigrants in Chinatown and how they contributed to nation building. The main centrepiece is a Chinese junk ship and there are 168 sculptured lanterns of different vocations of early Chinese immigrants, such as Samsui women, coolies, street hawkers and rickshaw riders along Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road. There will also be 180 beautifully hand-crafted lanterns, hand-painted with orchids, peonies and hydrangeas at South Bridge Road. In addition, there is another 1288 lanterns, enlarged versions of traditional paper accordion lanterns in vibrant shades of red, pink, yellow and orange on the main streets of Chinatown along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Seng Street and South Bridge Road.
New this year is the “Singapore Culture and Heritage Trail – Cantonese Chapter: Reliving the yesteryears once more”. The two-night event brings back traditional Cantonese cuisine and street food commonly found in the 1950s and 60s. It will feature over than 10 traditional Cantonese delicacies such as Gold Coin Chicken and Prawn Toast. There’ll also be a variety of street activities such as fortune telling, face threading, Chinese calligraphy, Cantonese costume photo booth and opera. Visitors join in for a record breaking feat of the most number of oriental masks to be worn at the same time.