After featuring the Mid-Autumn festive light-up at Gardens by the Bay in my previous post, it’s only fair I post about the one at Gu Chia Chui. I.E. Singapore’s Chinatown. J
Mid-Autumn festival light-up here has been going on for quite a while. More than ten years, if memory serves me right. Mirroring the Chinese New Year one in concept, there are various community events and performances throughout the light-up period. For example, lantern painting for children. What differentiates it from the larger CNY celebration, on the other hand, is the lack of a full-scale festive bazaar. For me, this actually makes the light-up easier to enjoy. Simply put, I can take my time appreciating the displays or snapping pictures. I don’t have to worry about sweaty shoppers (aunties and uncles!!!) jostling into me every other minute.
Started the evening with checking out the festive stalls. I had to. I reached just after five and it was still completely bright.
While hardly as symbolic as mooncakes, pomelos are also associated with the Mid-Autumn festival. In the case of the Cantonese, the skewed pronunciation of the name of the fruit includes an additional association. But this is rather convoluted and downright uncouth, so I shall refrain from elaborating. 😛
Mid-Autumn Festival Lights
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 is ongoing till Oct 19, 2017.