Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 | Sep 27, 2017

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, Singapore.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, Singapore.

Pictures from Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017.

After featuring the Mid-Autumn festivities at Gardens by the Bay in my previous post, it’s only fair that I post about the one at Gu Chia Chui. I.E. Singapore’s Chinatown. J

Mid-Autumn festive light-ups at Chinatown have been going on for quite a while. More than ten years, if memory serves me right. Mirroring the Chinese New Year ones in concept, there are various community events and performances throughout the light-up period. For example, paper lantern painting for children. Or lantern riddle competitions.

What differentiates them from the larger-scale CNY celebrations, on the other hand, is the lack of a full-scale festive bazaar. For me, however, this makes the light-up easier to enjoy.

Simply put, I can take my time appreciating the displays and snapping pictures. I don’t have to worry about sweaty shoppers (aunties and uncles!!!) jostling into me every other minute. At quieter moments, the ambience even gets romantic.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn 2017 Festive Stalls

Started the evening by checking out the festive stalls. I had to. I reached just after five and it was still completely bright.

Chinatown, Singapore.
Heart of Chinatown. Rather overcast day, as you can see. It drizzled a little later on.
Lantern Painting Competition at Chinatown, Singapore.
From the Lantern Painting Competition held on the 17th.
Chinese Mooncakes on sale.
Festive mooncakes. These are with durian fillings. Traditional in look, utterly Singaporean in taste.
Mid-Autumn Festival Pomelos.
Mid-Autumn Festive Pomelos

While hardly as symbolic as mooncakes, pomelos have long been associated with the Mid-Autumn festival too.

For us Cantonese Chinese, the name of the fruit is also homonymous with a certain part of the human anatomy. But this is rather convoluted and downright uncouth, so I shall refrain from elaborating. 😛

Mid-Autumn Festival Lanterns for Kids.
Traditional lanterns and other toys for the kiddies. This was shot at a store in nearby Chinatown Point.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Lights

Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore.
Eu Tong Sen Street right after sunset.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 Main Showpiece.
The showpiece for Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017.
New Bridge Road Mid-Autumn Festival Decorations 2017
New Bridge Road. Initially, I thought Chinese Zodiac animals were being displayed. But … there were Nemos dancing in the air.
Chinatown Festival 2017
Close up of the festive lantern/animal tree showpiece.
Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore 2017
The Chinese dragon and his entourage adorn Chinatown too.
Paper Lantern Painting Competition for Children.
The painted paper lanterns, lit up.

Pagoda Street Chinatown, Singapore.
Pagoda Street after sunset. Those lanterns are there year-long, by the way. I.E. not really part of the festivities.
Chinatown Seafood Restaurant.
A rooster and his … er … glorious family at Chinatown Seafood Restaurant.
South Bridge Road Festive Lights.
South Bridge Road. The ambience feels somewhat Christmas-y here, IMO.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, Singapore.
A Photoshop HDR-ed shot to end this post. 🙂

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 is ongoing till Oct 19, 2017.


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Pictures from Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017. Displays here are not as grand as those at Gardens by the Bay, but nonetheless, still atmospheric.

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