Over the Moon

Published on 15 September 2015

This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival celebration goes into overdrive.


The most celebrated full moon event in the year is easily the Mid-Autumn Festival. Originally a harvest festival among ethnic Chinese worldwide, it has evolved to become the mythical celebration of light and love.

Singaporeans know it best by the tasty mooncakes and colourful lanterns synonymous with the festival. This year, you can join in the Mid-Autumn festivities in a multitude of ways around the island.

Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay 2015

WHEN 25 September–4 October
TIME 7pm–10pm

It’ll be pretty lights galore at Gardens by the Bay, with more than 300 lanterns featured in stunning displays all over the Gardens. Specially handmade by craftsmen from the city of Zigong in Sichuan, China, these lanterns come shaped like myriad animals and plants, including lions, elephants, giraffes, flowers and baobab trees. Neck-craning wonders include dinosaur lanterns up to 25m long at the Supertree Grove, and floating sea-palace and dragon-boat lanterns bobbing on Dragonfly Lake.

Gardens by the Bay has partnered the National Arts Council to bring nightly cultural performances to the activities at Supertree Grove. Themed ‘Celebrating 50 Mid-Autumns’, this series of performances will be put up by local music and arts groups like the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre, Nam Hwa Opera and Dicapella Dizi Ensemble. The festivities go multicultural with performances by Malay dance group Azpirasi and Indian classical dance group Apsaras Arts. Best of all, performances are free!

If you’re a lantern enthusiast, there’s more beacon beauty to behold. This being Singapore’s 50th year, a lantern-decorating competition has been specially organised in partnership with the People’s Association. Fifty goat-shaped lanterns (a nod to this year’s Chinese zodiac sign) will be decorated by competition participants. Watch them doll-up their lanterns live on 19 and 20 September. You can also view their works at the Supertree Grove during the festival.

Foodies, save your appetites for the more than 30 food stalls planted around the Supertree Grove. After all, what better way to complement your stroll among the glow of lanterns than chowing down on local mainstays like kueh tutu, muah chee and vadai, as well as other tummy-fillers like kebabs and fried Oreos?

For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.

Celebration of Chrysanthemums Floral Display

WHEN 24 September–10 November
TIME 9am–9pm
ADMISSION Charges to the Flower Dome apply

Make your way to the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, for a rich display of chrysanthemum blooms among a scenic landscape dotted with lanterns and a teahouse. The chrysanthemum flower has long been a favourite in Chinese art and is symbolic of autumn. Check out unusual varieties such as the Spider Chrysanthemum and the Disbud Chrysanthemum, first cultivated in ancient China and Japan. Look out, too, for special chrysanthemum blossoms that have been meticulously bred to produce multiple large blooms on a single plant.

Celebration of Chrysanthemums is the fifth installment of Gardens by the Bay’s storytelling journey this year. Comprising six chapters, this series of floral displays is designed to use the language of plants to draw visitors into the world of folklore, legends, fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.

Oriental Dance on show

Traditional arts take centrestage.

Love dance? Be sure to catch the Chinese Dance Fiesta, a series of free traditional Chinese dance performances by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre (SHHKDT), co-organised by the National Arts Council.

Started in 2013, the Chinese Dance Fiesta is an outreach programme introducing bite-sized, engaging Chinese dance items to the public at accessible locations.

Both Chinese classical dance and Chinese folk dance will be presented at these performances. What’s the difference between the two? Find out the answer to this and more at quiz sessions during the performances, or kick up your heels during the dance-along session. In previous years, the fiesta has been a hit with audiences of all ages and races, so don’t be shy and join in the fun!

Fiesta performers are professional dancers from the SHHKDT, as well as dancers from the company’s youth wing. The SHHKDT is making the platform more and more inclusive, and this year, they have also invited Chinese dancers from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Ngee Ann Polytechnic to perform with them.

See you at these performances!

20 September Chong Pang City Amphitheatre, 4pm
26 September Canopy @ J Link, 1.30pm
27 September AMK Central Stage, 4pm

For more details, visit www.shhkdt.com.sg or call 6589-9501.

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