Remembering Singaporean pioneers, and foremothers, at Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2018.
Quick, photo-heavy post.
Popped by downtown last evening to check out this year’s Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival light-up. I didn’t know it was opening night, with roads barricaded everywhere! Luckily, I was still able to weave my way to the lanterns towards the later part of the evening. My current golden spot for photographing the Eu Tong Sen Street showpiece was also, surprisingly, uncrowded.
This year’s theme celebrates Singaporean Chinese pioneers i.e. the ones who migrated here in the 19th century and stayed in Chinatown. As for the Chinese Junk, it’s (supposedly) what these intrepid migrants came on.
To be quite honest, I felt the vessel has very little to do with the Mid-Autumn festival, on top of being more of a Hong Kong symbol. But with the need to come up with something fresh every year, I suppose it’s nonetheless a creative and meaningful concept. Pretty daring too.
Joke: When young, I was warned NEVER to pick a fight with a Samsui Woman, or sam-sui-po. One punch from any will knock the full moon out of you.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2018 is ongoing till Oct 8, 2018. Other than the lights, there are the usual festive market and nightly performances at Kreta Ayer Square. Details here.
Please visit my Disney Tsum Tsum Mid-Autumn in Singapore and Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay 2018 posts too!
Read my other Festive Celebrations in Singapore posts.