Three Things to See: Mid-Autumn Festival Singapore

BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway Singapore : Three Things to See: Mid-Autumn Festival Singapore
BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway Singapore : Three Things to See: Mid-Autumn Festival Singapore

This year’s annual Mid-Autumn festival takes place on September 15, and you’ll want to head to Chinatown to see the party in full swing. Here’re three cultural icons to look out for at this traditional Chinese Festival.

Lanterns: Traditional lanterns are white and lit with candles, while the newer plastic versions play screechy music that children love.

Mooncakes: Families gather for moon-gazing parties and to eat these traditional treats. The standard recipes combine whole egg, lotus paste and seeds, but modern types include mango filling, ice-cream and even durian.

Chang-e the Moon Goddess: You’ll see images everywhere of this famous Moon Goddess, who is said to have sipped an elixir to escape her evil husband. Together with the Jade Rabbit, she resides permanently on the moon in Chinese legend.

To learn more about this widely celebrated Chinese festival, get swept up in the tradition at these three cultural hotspots:

Chinatown: Lanterns, tea, mooncakes and more.
Chinese Gardens: Picture postcard pavilions lit with soft-glowing lanterns
Chinatown Heritage Centre: Where history and culture collides