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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.

Heart of Chinatown. Rather overcast day, as you can see. It drizzled a little later on.
From the Lantern Painting Competition held on the 17th.
Festive mooncakes. These are with durian fillings. Traditional in look, utterly Singaporean in taste.
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. 😛

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

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

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

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2018 Celebrations.

Read my other Festive Celebrations in Singapore posts.

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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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