For many, Mid-Autumn Festival invokes some of the fondest childhood memories of strolling around the neighbourhood with paper lanterns or LED-lit, music-blaring lanterns; depending on the year your childhood resides. Some cool kids would bring sparklers along and a mini bonfire of candles and sparklers would soon ensue.
While many of us have outgrown the playful days of yore, there are still many good reasons to be part of this festive season. Besides the bright full moon that will grace the evening sky being a reason to get outdoors, the city is literally abuzz with activities!
Whether you’re in just for the fancy mooncake boxes or looking for interesting date or family activities, there is something for everyone this Mid-Autumn.
Feast like a connoisseur
Mooncake is such a big part of Mid-Autumn that the festival is sometimes called the Mooncake Festival. While the classic lotus paste with a single egg yolk remains a household favourite, many exciting flavours such as Royal Milk Tea Paste with Oolong Tea Truffle by Yan Ting, Premium Truffle Molten Snowskin by Aroma Truffle and Baked Pu’er Tea with Chia Seeds from JW Marriot are now available for the adventurous palettes!
Simply make a trip to one of the mooncake fairs and you’ll be able to sample all the flavours you like. The annual mooncake fair at Takashimaya will be your best bet if an insane variety is what you’re looking for. With more than 60 vendors setting up shop, you’ll be able to find exotic tastes as well as traditional flavours for the folks at home.
Peony Jade makes the traditional Teochew mooncake with a twist by encasing the yam paste (orh-ni) in a delightful flaky crust. For those eager to impress their Hainanese in-laws, Chuan Ji Bakery sells their salt-and-pepper mooncake, known as ‘su yan bing’ in Hainanese.
Play like a child
There’s something about a glowing paper lamp that warms the cockles of our hearts and makes little children dance with glee. The good thing is, the city will be illuminated by plenty of these!
Image credits: Gardens by the Bay
Head over to Gardens by the Bay* at night fall and marvel at the spectacular lantern displays as you wander from garden to garden. Contribute to the tapestry of light by hand-painting lanterns to form the Colonnade of Lights. Most of the activities will be happening at Supertree Grove, where you can enjoy a fun game of lantern riddles, savour delicious Asian delicacies and enjoy cultural performances from Wednesdays to Sundays at 8pm.
The festivities will not be complete without parading our beloved lanterns under the full moon. This year, venture out of the neighbourhood and join the mass lantern walks at Gardens by the Bay on 14th September or along the historical streets of Chinatown on 8th September.
Explore like a tourist
Image Credits: Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival
Want to learn about the lesser known side of Singapore’s history and celebrate Mid-Autumn at the same time? The annual Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival is an action-packed 2-day event held at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall from 7 to 8 September 2019.
The organisers have thoughtfully planned a series of craft workshops catered for the young and old. Book lovers can make their very own Jade Rabbit bookmark in an interactive class while pastry enthusiasts can pick up the art of making snowskin mooncakes for only $5! Savour delicious mooncakes and an aromatic cuppa at the mooncake and tea tasting.
Do stay for the evening concert to enjoy the highlights of the festival. Send your wishes to heaven with the release of sky lantern helium balloons and catch a dazzling laser show that tells the story of how Mid-Autumn came about.
Whether you are a fan of mooncakes, lanterns or not, the theme of family reunion is at the heart of every Mid-Autumn celebration. So take this opportunity to relive good memories and create new ones with the people you love.