Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, Singapore.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 – Sep 27, 2017

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.

Festive Stalls

Started the evening with checking out the festive stalls. I had to. I reached just after five and it was still completely bright.

Chinatown, Singapore.
Heart of Chinatown. Rather overcast day, as you can see. It drizzled a little later on.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017: Lantern Painting Competition.
From the Lantern Painting Competition held on the 17th.
Festive Mooncakes.
Festive mooncakes. These are with durian fillings. Traditional in look, utterly Singaporean in taste.
Mid-Autumn Festival Pomelos.
Festive Pomelos

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 Lanterns for Kids.
Traditional lanterns and other toys for the kiddies. This was taken at a store in nearby Chinatown Point.

Mid-Autumn Festival Lights

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, Eu Tong Sen Street.
Eu Tong Sen Street right after sunset.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, Singapore.
The showpiece for Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, New Bridge Road.
New Bridge Road. Initially, I thought animals of the Chinese Zodiac were being displayed. But … there are Nemos.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, Singapore.
Close up of the lantern/animal tree showpiece.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017
A dragon and his entourage.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017: Lantern Painting Competition
The painted lanterns, lit up.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, Festive Bazaar.
The night bazaar. Those lanterns are there year-long, by the way. I.E. not really part of the festivities.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, Singapore.
A rooster and his … er … glorious family.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, South Bridge Road
South Bridge Road. The lights look somewhat Christmas-y here, IMO.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, Singapore.
A Photoshop HDR-ed shot to end this post. 🙂


Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 is ongoing till Oct 19, 2017.


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