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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017!

A festival that always attracts the whole family with children, for a fun time of family gathering and fun together. Mid-Autumn Festival has always been an important festival for the Chinese community around the world, an occasion for celebration on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, which is today, 4th October 2017.

On the weekend 30th September and 1st October 2017, I visited Wan Qing Yuan, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall for an evening of Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 Celebrations (秋月明夜亮晚晴). There were a number of fun activities organised for the weekend, great for families and children, do check out some of their photographs uploaded on their Facebook Page.

I visited 晚晴园 on 30th October for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 celebrations. It was great to see families with children coming down for family bonding time and having fun together. The lanterns were a big attraction for the children and also for the parents too, they are childhood memories for the adults too! With the outdoor booths around the lawn area, fun activities and food for the visitors, beside visiting the museum and other activities taking place inside Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

The evening concert was great; the LED Dragon Dance got everybody excited as they moved around the crowds, getting up close and personal with them. That was followed by live music performances on the stage, entertaining and captivating the visitors celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 at 晚晴园, some of the memorable scenes for me were the cute and enthusiastic young children sitting right in front of the stage, watching, cheering and recording videos of the live music performances on stage, spreading great joy and love to the different performers. Let me share some of my memories from Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2017!

Today is Mid-Autmn Festival 2017! Wishing everybody a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017! Have a great time of fun and bonding with your family during this festival!

祝大家中秋快乐!


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Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

The time of the year, the Mid-Autumn Festival season in Singapore would start today on the 23rd September 2017, for a month long celebration to 19th October 2017. Many beautiful lanterns, over 1,000 beautiful, handcrafted lanterns will light up the streets of Chinatown each evening, a very beautiful, bright and colourful grand display of lights and colours, a popular annual event that attracts both the locals and overseas visitors as well.

The theme for Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival (牛车水庆中秋) 2017 is “Celebrations of our Traditions 《传统新意庆中秋,同心共乐贺团圆》”, emphasizing on family togetherness along with the return of traditional cellophane lanterns, the inspiration for this year’s Street Light-Up.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 is organised by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC) and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board. Mdm Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, is the Guest-of-Honour for the Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony (开幕典礼与亮灯仪式) on Saturday 23rd September 2017. From my previous experiences watching the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival opening ceremony from the side lines, the opening ceremony performances have always been spectacular and lively!

Visiting Chinatown for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, observe the lanterns! Do you remember the lanterns shaped like dragons, rabbits, roosters and rabbits made of cellophane paper hung over bamboo strips or wire frames? More than 1,000 lanterns along Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road. They are all handcrafted by expert craftsmen from China, designed in collaboration with students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), inspired by the traditional cellophane paper lanterns popular in Singapore during the 1960s to 1980s, a reminiscent of the colourful cellophane paper lanterns from the 60s to 80s era.

When you visit Chinatown in Singapore, you can’t miss the Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns on display, the lanterns are always well liked and received by both locals and overseas visitors. You can’t miss this big centrepiece lantern on display at Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival 2017! Measuring 12m tall by 10m wide, decorated with about 60 animal lanterns, located at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street. Keep a lookout for the large-scale lantern display sets of families representing Singapore’s multicultural community on the centre divider between Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road.

There are many activities and events taking place during Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 till 19th October:

Family togetherness celebrated at inaugural Mid-Autumn Family Fest @ Chinatown

A new event this year is the Mid-Autumn Family Fest @ Chinatown (中秋 @ on 24 September 2017where families and friends can take part in a morning of traditional activities associated with the festival. Held at the Kreta Ayer Community Club, there will be various hands-on activities, such as mooncake-making, tea appreciation, calligraphy writing and lantern painting.

Activities and Events taking place during Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

Starting from 20 September, local and overseas visitors can look forward to finding a wide array of festive must-haves and treats from mooncakes and tea to preserved fruits and decorative ornaments at the annual Festive Street Bazaar (中秋街市集).

For the arts-inclined, the Nightly Stage Shows (中秋综艺晚会) at Kreta Ayer Square will fill the evening air with song and dance performances by local and overseas troupes and entertainers that will amplify the celebratory mood during the festival.

The Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 will draw to a close with the Mass Lantern Walk (中秋大型游灯会) on 1 October, where up to 5,000 people are expected to come together to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival under a moonlit night, topped with entertaining performances by local clan associations, overseas performing groups and dragon dance troupes.

More info on the event highlights for the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 can be found in the Annex.

For more information, please visit us at:

Website:              www.chinatownfestivals.sg

Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/chinatown.festivals

Old Playgrounds Lanterns at Wan Qing Yuan Mid Autumn Festival 2016

My favourite old playgrounds of Singapore, of my childhood days, came back to life in the form of brightly lighted handmade lanterns. It’s more than just nostalgic, it meant a lot to me personally. For those who had been following my photography works, documentation and story telling, old playgrounds had been my personal project for a few years.

When my friends at National Heritage Board informed us of these old playgrounds lanterns were to be part of Wan Qing Yuan Mid Autumn Festival 2016 at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, my eyes popped up! I was looking forward to visiting them!

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I managed to plan my time and schedule, making a pilgrimage to view my Old Playgrounds lanterns on Tuesday 13th September night. Upon reaching the entrance, I saw the big bright lights from the Old Playgrounds lanterns. They were pretty big and I was able to get up close with them. Immediately, I am able to identify all the Old Playgrounds there, it felt like going back in time to my childhood days again. I saw young children playing with their lanterns around the Old Playgrounds lanterns, they were having so much fun. Sometimes, we adults all have a secret wish to be a young kid again and just have fun like them.

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I walked around, soaking in the Mid Autumn Festival with the Old Playgrounds lanterns. It was a bag of mixed emotions, of nostalgia, fun and longing for the free fun childhood running around days at the Old Playgrounds. The Old Playgrounds may not be of greater significance compared to some other aspects of heritage and history. However, the cultural and emotional communal bondings, intangible and tucked inside our hearts and souls, we all might be carrying a fondness for them and a wish to return to the fun days.

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The Wan Qing Yuan Mid Autumn Festival 2016 is until 18th September 2016, time to bring your family and children down there for a Mid Autumn Festival outing and a time for family bonding and story telling of your good old childhood days playing at the old playgrounds.

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Come on down, take a walk into the world of bright and colourful Old Playgrounds!

Details

Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Address: 12 Tai Gin Road Singapore 327874

Dates: 9th September to 18th September 2016

Time: 7pm to 10pm


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Mid Autumn Festival at Gardens By The Bay!

Mid Autumn Festival 2013 is coming soon and Gardens By The Bay is beautifully and brightly lighted up with many displays of light and colours, bringing the Gardens to life with an enchanting and magical displays of lanterns and flowers! The new Mid-Autumn themed floral display in the Flower Dome features three striking dragonfly lanterns perched amidst a field of vibrant flora such as “lantern flowers” like Begonias and autumn-blooms like Chrysanthemums, Astilbes and Celosias, while Chinese lanterns add to the festive ambience and traditional paper cut-outs illustrate the myths and legends behind this festival.

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In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, there will be an extension of operating hours and a 15% discount on admission tickets to the conservatories from 13 to 22 September 2013. From 13 to 22 September, keep an eye out too for Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens 2013, with a colourful display of hand-crafted lanterns in the outdoor gardens and The Meadow, exciting stage performances, competitions, and activities where proceeds will go to the President’s Challenge 2013. Visitors will also get a chance to win Gardens by the Bay memorabilia gift packages worth $50 in our Snap & Win! Contest, when they upload photos of the Mid-Autumn celebrations at Gardens by the Bay on their Instagram account.

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On Friday 13th September night, I went down to visit Mid Autumn Festival at Gardens By The Bay, I had a fun time photographing the lanterns and light up from the Meadow to the other end of the Dragonfly Lake. The lanterns and light up were combinations of different themes, from Jurassic Park and World of Fairy Tales. I loved the Jurassic Park theme lanterns especially the Green T-Rex! There were also lanterns showcasing our multi-cultural society in Singapore at the Meadow area! Walk along the Dragonfly lake towards the Dragonfly Bridge, you can’t miss the floating Ancient Chinese Palace! Continue walking towards the Dome, you will be to spot the beautiful and elegant Sky Lanterns! There are a lot more different lanterns on display at Gardens By The Bay! Check out their website for more details and drop by my Flickr set and take a look at what are the different lanterns that you can find at Mid Autumn Festival at Gardens By The Bay!

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Mid Autumn Festival celebrations starts from Friday 13th September to Sunday 22nd September, it will be a great and fun time to bring your family and children down to visit Gardens By The Bay and celebrate Mid Autumn Festival together, under the stars at Gardens By The Bay! Remember to bring your lanterns, take many photographs and participate in the Snap & Win! Contest.

Wishing all a Happy Mid Autumn Festival !! 


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* Event information provided by Gardens By The Bay and MSL Group *


Come Celebrate Mid Autumn Festival with Walter (Colossal Bunny)

There is giant rabbit in town, staying in the heart of Marina Bay Singapore, his name is Walter and he would be there at the Marina Bay Gallery from 1st September to 31st September 2011 with lots of interesting and wonderful activities lined up for you ! Besides that, Walter is going to celebrate Mid Autumn Festival with us too and on  saturday, 10th September 2011, from 4:00pm to 9:00pm, a very exciting list of programs for all ages have been lined up! Check them out below!

What’s this Walter the Colossal Bunny all about ? Here’s the details (information courtesy of Marina Bay Singapore) Do check out their events listings for upcoming fun and exciting events around the Marina Bay !

Name of event:

WALTER: ADVENTURES OF A CURIOUS COLOSSAL BUNNY

Details:

Singapore’s favourite bunny WALTER is hopping to Marina Bay on his next adventure around the city! There will be lots of exciting activities during the month including a photo art exhibition describing his curious adventures, Rabbits 101 by the House Rabbit Society, exciting bunny story-telling sessions and a mobile library, free HP photo prints with WALTER, children’s art sessions at Marina Bay Link Mall and more! Visit www.marina-bay.sg/walter for details.

WALTER is local artist Dawn Ng’s pet project involving guerrilla installations of a curious colossal bunny who pops up across Singapore’s standard landscape of flats and heartland enclaves. By using Walter to create and photograph scenarios packed with surprise and wonder, Dawn draws attention to commonly overlooked and over familiar spaces across our landscape, while dodging cops and people with no sense of humour. WALTER is a celebration of our ordinary by helping us look at this city as children again.

Date:

1 September 2011 – 30 September 2011

Website:

www.marina-bay.sg/walter

Program summary:

1st weekend(3 & 4 Sep): Talks by House Rabbit Society

2nd weekend (10 & 11 Sep): Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations – Taiji By the Bay, Balloon Sculptures, Chinese Calligraphy, Lantern Walkabout @ 7.30pm

3rd weekend (17 & 18 Sep): Story-Telling and Mobile Library by National Library Board + HP ePrints with WALTER the Curious Colossal Bunny + Rhythms by the Bay

4th weekend (24 & 25 Sep): Meet-the-artist on 24 Sep (3pm) + Story-Telling and Mobile Library by National Library Board

Full details: http://www.marina-bay.sg/walter/activities.html

Event Photos: http://on.fb.me/mY1md0

Art Competition Entries:

Junior Category: http://on.fb.me/mUFPtZ

Open Category: http://on.fb.me/pVAVdo

Organiser:

Urban Redevelopment Authority

Venue:

Marina Bay City Gallery

11 Marina Boulevard

Singapore 018940

Contact: 6592 5336 

Ticket prices: Free

Nearest MRT station: Marina Bay, Raffles Place (Exit J)

Looking forward to be a young kid again (that’s always a young kid in us no matter our age band!!), carrying a lantern and walking around the Marina Bay with the lanterns lighting up night! Look no further, this coming Saturday 10th September, come celebrate Mid Autumn Festival 2011 at Marina Bay Singapore with Walter the Colossal Rabbit !

Canon Mid Autumn Festival Gathering

The 8th month of the Lunar Calendar, is always one of my favourite, with many beautiful lanterns, festivities and eating mooncakes, all done together in the company of friends to chat and relax. I was invited by  Canon Singapore,  to an early Mid Autumn Festival Gathering at Artichoke Cafe and Bar, a very cosy restaurant with nice ambience and opened by my fellow alumnus from the University of Queensland.

A gathering of Singapore blogging community friends, some whom I have known for some time and also getting to know more new friends from the social media networks and blogging community in Singapore. Chatting, networking and catching up with our friendly Canon Singapore folks and PR friends from Ogilvy Public Relatios Worldwide. The delicious food served at Artichoke were really wonderful and delicious, transforming into a lively and heart warming gathering with lots of chatting on camera equipment on my table with Kevin, Callan and Jingwen.

What’s a Mid Autumn Festival gathering without mooncakes ? We were presented with different varieties and styles of the mooncakes, I really like the alcoholic ones, taste really “powerful” and I don’t take durian so I cannot accept durian mooncakes! This gathering was warm and cosy, lots of chatting and eating, many thanks to Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide for the awesome Canon Mid Autumn Festival Gathering! Do check out some of my photos taken during the gathering !

 

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Mid Autumn Festival in Singapore

In the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the 8th Month, an important festival that would fall on the Lunar 15th Day of the 8th Lunar Month, known as the Mid-Autumn Festival – 中秋节 , the history, mythology and origins, varies accordingly. Nevertheless, it was a month of gatherings, events, enjoying moon cakes, admiring the moon in the sky, carrying lanterns and photography for me.

The light up had begun in Singapore, with Chinatown and Clarke Quay spruced up with beautiful lights and displays, brightening up the region even brighter, many people, including tourists were all beginning to visit and enjoy the festivities and atmosphere. Starting at Central, I began my walking down along the Singapore River, taking photographs of the displays and lights. It was too crowded yet, as the date draws nearer to the the 15th day of the 8th Lunar Month, whereby the Moon in the sky would be round and beautiful, the crowds would slowly build up.

There were booths with different varieties of snacks, food and cultural items, that drew quite a crowd and it was quite a challenge to get across to the other side, crossing the bridge to Clarke Quay and hiked back towards Central. Along the way, finding suitable locations and making use of the surroundings to take long exposure shots of Singapore River and the Mid Autumn Festival lightings.

Proceeding to Chinatown after that, it was another area of packed activities, lots of people enjoying the festivities and celebrations of Mid Autumn Festival. People, of all ages, young and old, locals and tourists, were enjoying themselves and taking photographs to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival.

Check out my photographs here on Flickr ! The Mid Autumn Festival 2010 in Singapore is still ongoing 11 September to 10 October, do drop by Clarke Quay, Chinatown and Central for a visit !

Celebrating Mid Autumn Festival 2009 !

Dear Readers

中秋节快乐!!

Wishing all of you a Happy Mid Autumn Festival 2009 ! One of the well known Chinese festivals, it’s not just about eating those delicious moon cakes, drinking Chinese Tea and enjoying the sight of the beautiful full moon under the dark clear sky.

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Just a bit of quick facts for my readers on Mid Autumn Festival, it is celebrated on the 15th Day of the 8th Month in the Chinese Lunar Calender, the mythical story of 嫦娥 and the story of the overthrowing of the Mongol Dynasty with pieces of paper written and hidden inside the moon cakes rallying the people to unite together.

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Today, the spirit of the Mid Autumn Festival remains, it’s a time for family gatherings too, Singapore’s Chinatown was lighted up with lanterns and lights, along with a mass walk along the road with people of all ages and nationalities, holding lanterns on their hands. Although the scale of the Mid Autumn Festival 2009 wasn’t as big scale as past few years due to the economic crisis, people still take the chance to enjoy themselves with their family and friends !

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Had 2 days of Mid Autumn Festival Celebrations, it was fun and a good break from the current crisis and gloom, the lanterns and festivities giving all of us a bright fire ahead !!

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Check out my Mid Autumn Festival 2009 Photos on my Flickr !!! Do take this time to enjoy the time with your family and loved ones too, under the beautiful moon !! Once again, Happy Mid Autumn Festival !!

Mid Autumn Festival @ Radin Mas Primary School

During these few days, there would going to be a number of Mid Autumn Festival celebrations happening around our different neighbourhoods.
On 12th September, Radin Mas Primary School and its neighbourhood Bukit Purmei and Telok Blangah Rise, had their Mid Autumn Festival Celebrations at their school compound, with a great carnival and the students setting up stalls for games and drinks.
The Radin Mas Cub Scouts were also involved and had 4 tables to set up their stalls, being the Big Brother Scouts, Gan Eng Seng Dragon Scout Group, from the young to the Old Boys (a few of us), came down and helped them in the running of the drinks, food and games.
It was a fun time, they had their MP to grace this event and they had a big lantern there too ! We bought some food and drinks from the Cub Scouts too and they all had a fun time too !
 
The simpler things in life can be so much fun …….. like the young kids 😉 

Mid Autumn Festival by the River – 6th September 2008

After my adventure at the NBA Madness that was held at Marina Square, had dinner with Ray and Vik before we all split up to do our own stuff.
For me, I had planned to visit Mid Autumn Festival by the River, whereby the lanterns and lights were on display beside The Central and opposite Clarke Quay, along the Singapore River. When I reached there, there were quite a crowd of people of all ages, both locals and tourists, soaking in the event.
The Mid Autumn Festival is a significant day in the Chinese Lunar Calender, with history and origins from folklore, myths and history. Wikipedia does an excellent job to summarise on The Mid Autumn Festival, do drop by their site to read on the different versions on the history of The Mid Autumn Festival
Another key component of this wonderful event is Mooncakes, whereby there were many different varieties and styles evolved over modernisation and they were getting more interesting, I am not the biggest fan of Mooncakes, however, if I had the opportunity, I would do a special blog post on the various mooncakes. 
Back to the festival, there were many different light ups along the river, 12 Chinese Zodiac animals, deities, myths and folklore, history. It was a great family festival and if you are touring Singapore, do drop by and take a look ! There was also an awesome performance by a Shanghai Martial Arts Performing Troupe, that I didn’t manage to get information on, performing outside The Central shopping mall. When I was there, it was raining heavily and I couldn’t manage to get a good location to take nice photos of their wonderful performances, in the midst of difficult conditions and non-ideal shooting location.
Do drop by my flickr site for more photos ! 
Oh, let’s start counting down to the 15th day of the 8th Lunar Month ! Bring out your lanterns and start lighting up the sky !