What is it?
The Mid Autumn Festival is an East Asian Harvest festival celebrated by the Chinese (and Vietanmese) people.
The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts that are closely connected:
- Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops for the festival. It is said the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day which means family reunion. Consequently, this is the main reason why the festival is thought to be important.
- Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions
- Praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future
Traditions and myths surrounding the festival are formed around these concepts; It’s about well being together.
Mooncakes, a rich pastry typically filled with sweet-bean or lotus-seed paste, are traditionally eaten during the festival. They are on sale everywhere in all sorts of flavours and prices. A box of four typically costs around S$60 (£35).
The Lantern Festival
A notable part of the celebraions is the carrying of brightly lit lanterns (althugh we only saw children carrying lanterns). Another tradition involving lanterns is to write riddles on them and have other people try to guess the answers. This was a big crowd puller at one of the small gazebos at the Festival. A lot of people were gathered trying to work out the riddles written in Chinese.
IN the gardens there were spectacular lantern displays depicting traditional amd heritage stories.There was a huge display of floating lanterns stretching over 120m which looked magnificent with the colpurs reflecting off the water. There is also a giant revolving lantern telling a stories as it moves. (This made me feel a little travel sick so we didnt watch it all.)
There is a lantern-inspired pavilion, AIRMESH, which gives a framed views of the Gardens with its strategic location along the scenic Dragonfly Lake.
Cultural performances, on the theme of Legacies《传承,were brought to life through a traditional performance on stage in the middle of the Supertree Grove.(8pm-8.45pm Weds to Sat).
Where is it?
Gardens by the Bay South. All around the gardens in various locations.
The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night. This corresponds to late September or erly October in the Gregorian calendar. In 2019 the official date is 13 September.
The lantern display at GBTB is on until 15th September 2019 form 7-11pm each evening.
Another fabulous freebie.
COLONNADE OF LIGHTS
The Colonnade of Lights are displays of lanterns painted by people from various walks of life; Catching a glimpse of whimsical imagination decorated by many creatives hands.
ILLUMINATIONS OF JOY
Illuminations of Joy invites you to journey through a series of creative expressions mapped on lanterns hand painted by Seniors.