Mid Autumn Festival In Singapore (Mooncake Festival)

The Mid Autumn Festival (also known as the Mooncake Festival) is an important festival in Singapore. The Mid Autumn celebrations in Singapore are one of the three famous festivals to be celebrated in Singapore under the ‘1 City 3 Festivals’ celebrations campaign. The Mid Autumn Festival is celebrated by the Chinese on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month of the Chinese calendar whereby this festive season in Singapore is the time for Chinese to have reunions and meet up for mooncakes (moon-shaped pastries with sweet fillings of lotus seed paste and salted egg yolk) and Chinese tea and admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon at the same time.

The Mid Autumn Festival which will be on the 14th September 2008 in Singapore allows tourists to join in with the Singaporeans in the celebration of the Mid Autumn Festival at the Chinatown in Singapore. The best place to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival in Singapore is Chinatown. Visitors will be delighted by the amazing display of themed lanterns and shimmering festive lights that light up the streets of Chinatown since the Mooncake Festival is celebrated with the traditional display of lanterns. What is the Mid Autumn Festival? Why is the Mid Autumn Festival celebrated by the Chinese? There are two different versions with regards to how the Mid-Autumn Festival came about to be known. The first account tells us of the legendary story of Chang Er who in her effort to prevent the murderer of her husband from getting hold of her elixir of immortality, she drank the potion herself and escaped by flying to the moon. Ancient tales tell us that we could see Chang Er on the moon on the fifteenth day of the eight month in the lunar calendar when the moon is at its brightest point. Another story of the Mooncake Festival is that the celebration is to commemorate Zhu Yuan Zhang who conspired to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the Yuan Dynasty in the 14th century by hiding his plans which was written in strips of papers in mooncakes which is then delivered to his comrades.

Attractions during the Mid Autumn Festival in Singapore include the Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival 2008 Street Light-Up, Chinatown festive street bazaar, nightly stage shows and a mass lantern walk and celebrations. The Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Street Light-Up will start from the 31st August 2008 until to the 30th September 2008 and visitors can witness the main streets in Chinatown such as Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street and Garden Bridge being brightly lit up. Visitors will be amazed to witness how Chinatown is transformed into ‘Chang Er’s Magical Garden’ as the streets in Chinatown will be dominated by a combination of flowers, lights and lanterns. Do not miss the cultural performances in Singapore and the different varieties of mooncakes available for sale. Take a stroll along the street bazaars in Chinatown and grab one of the many incredible festive products such as the Chinese red lanterns, Chinese paintings, Chinese gowns (cheongsams), sweetened dates and traditional handicrafts to take home as souvenirs. This is the best time for tourists to learn about the many mid-autumn customs which include eating mooncakes under the moon, eating pomelos, carrying brightly lit lanterns and burning incense to worship deities. Chinatown is the oldest ethnic district in Singapore that is filled with Chinese medical halls, Chinese restaurants teahouses and shops selling authentic Chinese products. Chinatown is known for its colorful culture and rich history. During the Mid Autumn Festival, Chinatown is the best place to shop for Mid-Autumn Festival gourmet products such as mooncakes and Chinese tea which are sold by shops which had their origins in Chinatown for more than 30 years. Some of the famous Chinatown heritage brands include the Da Dong Restaurant which is known for its handmade snowskin mooncake with single yolk in lotus paste, Tong Heng Oriental Pastry which is known for its baked mooncake with mixed nuts and baked mooncake with double yolk in lotus paste, Bee Cheng Hiang which sells the most famous bak kwa (barbecued meat) in Singapore, Pek Sin Choon Pte Ltd which is known for its ‘Shepherd Boy on Buffalo’ Chinese tea and Wang San Yang Tea Merchant which buy their tea leaves straight from the tea plantations to retain their freshness and quality and is known for its Emperor Lan Yuan Tieguanyin tea.

Make sure you attend the 31st August 2088 Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Official Light-Up and opening ceremony which will include a spectacular lantern parade, dragon dance street performance, lion dances and a stunning fireworks display and performances by renowned Japanese troupe, Akita Kanto. The Chinatown festive street bazaar will start on the 29th August 2008 until to the 14th September 2008 and you can see over 250 festive stalls lining the streets of Chinatown such as Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street and Sago Street selling highly sought after Mid Autumn festive products such as Chinese lanterns, mooncakes and pomelos. The nightly stage shows at Kreta Ayer Square will allow tourists to learn more about the Chinese culture by watching acrobatics, Chinese cultural performances and golden melodies. While you are there, you are advised to make a trip to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and the Chinatown Trishaw Park. The exquisite artistry seen at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum will simply amazed you. There will also be twelve moving giant lanterns, based on the Chinese Zodiac animals, to give you great photo taking opportunity. The Mid Autumn Bazaar at the Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a good place to shop for souvenirs. The mass lantern walk and celebrations will take place at the open field near Outram Park on the 13th September 2008 and this is where a mass lantern walk will take place under the moonlit sky along Eu Tong Sen Street. Visitors can join in the lantern walk with their lanterns and enjoy the performances which will include as dragon dances, lion dances and stilt walkers. Tourists can also experience the Mid Autumn Celebrations at the various CapitaLand Malls in Singapore. Visit the CapitaLand Mall at Bugis Junction (Hylam Street) from the 25th August 2008 to the 12th September 2008, Raffles City (Atrium Level 3) from the 29th August 2008 to the 14th September 2008, IMM (Atrium Level 1), Junction 8 (Atrium Level 2), Lot One (Atrium Level 1), Tampines Mall (Atrium Level 1 and Linkway Level 1) from the 1st September 2008 to the 14th September 2008 to join in the Mooncake Festival in Singapore. Visitors can also visit the Takashimaya Square in Ngee Ann City in Singapore from the 28th August 2008 to the 14th September 2008 to join in the festive Mid Autumn atmosphere as Takashimaya hosts a delightful spread of over 40 brands of mooncakes. There will be a Mid Autumn Festival Fair at Albert Mall and you can watch incredible ethnic performances such as Cantonese singing, Beijing and Cantonese opera, Hakka performances and Teochew Wayang at the Albert Mall. The Lantern Fantasy 2008 featuring F8 - Hello Kitty Go Races! at the Chinese Garden will also be one of the highlights during the Mid Autumn Festival whereby there will be a special cultural segment to showcase the legend of Chang Er and the Garden of Fairies. Do not miss the Mid-Autumn Festival by the River celebrations whereby CENTRAL, a dining and shopping haven in Singapore, will host a variety of performances, fun and games. Make a point to visit the Central River Promenade by the Singapore River since the riverside will be dominated by unique land and river lantern displays showcasing Chinese legends and historical personalities and a superb outdoor bazaar. There will also be two Chinese cultural groups performing which include an award-winning lion and dance troupe from Shanghai and a song and dance group from Yunnan in China. At Hong Lim Park, there will be a stunning lantern displays showcasing twenty-four charming Chinese opera figurines and twelve Chinese Zodiac animals. Another place to celebrate the Mooncake Festival in Singapore is at the Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay and among the top attractions and performances lined-up at the Esplanade for the Mid Autumn Festival include ‘The Immortal of PengLai’ which is a Hokkien opera performance by the renowned Ming Hwa Yuan Taiwanese opera company starring the famous Sun Cui Feng on the 6th and 7th September 2008 and ‘The Feast of Han Xizai’ which is an elegant work of music theatre by the Han Tang Yuefu Ensemble from Taiwan which will be held on the 13th September 2008.

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posted at 04:44:42 on 08/21/08 by webmaster - Category: Singapore
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