The Mid-Autumn Festival is traditionally a harvest festival celebrated in mainland China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Vietnam. The actual day of celebration is on the night of the full moon between September and October, within 15 days of the Autumnal equinox.
This is a true celebration of family, as there are three main concepts that form the basis of this festival:
– Gathering, as in family and friends gathering together for a family reunion, or the harvesting of crops for the festival feast.
– Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the food eaten, and for harmonious unions
– Praying, traditionally for family, wealth, beauty or long life
Moon worship is an important past of the festival, steeped in history and based on ancient Chinese fables. Food offering are often made in honour of the moon, and floating sky lanterns are a carried and released; often, riddles are written on the lanterns, and they are decorated in bright colours.
Mooncakes can be devoured at this time of year, and can be found in many shops in Singapore (Tangs have a wide selection). The round shape of these little delicacies symbolise completeness and reunion in traditional Chinese culture, and the sharing of these during the festival with family and friends is to recognise the completeness of those unions.
Here are some ideas and places to visit to experience the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore:
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
This event includes fun activities galore, from traditional lantern-making to storytelling and guided tours of this historic villa location. You can also enjoy music performances and admire life-size lantern installations in the garden.
What: Wan Qing Weekend: Mid-Autumn Festival
Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road
When: 10 – 11 September
Visit Chinatown between 2 – 30 September to see this festival come to life. For a full list of events in Chinatown visit chinatownfestivals.sg. Here’s a taste of what is to come:
Date: 2 – 15 September
Time: 10.30am 10.30pm
Venue: Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street, Smith Street and open space in front of People’s Park Complex
Date: 3 – 30 September (Official Opening Ceremony 3 September)
Time: 7.00pm – 12.00am
Venue: Along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road and inner streets of Chinatown
Take a look at last year’s celebrations:
Head to our Calendar for more events this September and beyond!