Singapore Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 Light-Up

Singapore Mid Autumn Festival 2020
Mid Autumn Festival Light-Up 2020

Singapore Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 Light-Up

I was really thrilled when I read about the Mid-Autumn festive light-ups happening again this year.

At the risk of sounding mawkish, it symbolises Singapore is nowhere at rock bottom, in spite of truly awful times and social restrictions. To me, it’s also a step in the return to normal life.

It’s like, festive illuminations are an integral part of our event calendar, aren’t they? As I wrote in a tourist guide, we used to have one nearly every month.

This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, several were cancelled. The most notable “casualty” being the Geylang Hari Raya light-up.

Well, what’s put up for Zhong Qiu Jie this year is smaller in scale at most places. Gone too are the crowded mooncake bazaars and creative mall decorations.

But still, various celebrations are happening. Several events to photograph and enjoy too. On these, I have to say I am grateful and glad.

Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 Light-up

What’s put up at Gardens this year is very, very markedly smaller in scale compared to previous years. But like what I said above, there’s at least something.

From a different viewpoint, the smaller crowds and quieter displays made for a more romantic visiting experience too. Definitely more atmospheric as well.

Gardens by the Bay Mid Autumn Festival 2020.
The Apricot Grove (杏林送暖) at the main entrance is the key attraction this time. There’s a certain soothing ambiance to it, yes?
Colonnade of Lights 2020.
This year’s Colonnade of Lights. With over a thousand hand-painted paper lanterns.
Desmond Lee at Gardens by the Bay.
Minister of National Development Desmond Lee was there for the opening ceremony. Here’s him having a go at traditional lantern painting.
Gardens by the Bay Lantern Display.
Royal Family’s Walk (皇室出巡) i.e. the other key display. This one has a strong Korean flavour because it’s in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. These stately officials are Joseon royalty, by the way.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn 2020 Illuminations

With the exception of the festive bazaar, Chinatown didn’t take too much of a “hit.” While the lanterns on show are simpler compared to 2019 and 2019, the usual display areas are all lit up and decorated.


(This year’s Chang’e was also, well, less imposing. A little on the cartoonish side, but thankfully nowhere as manly as the controversial one last year)

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2020
The main display at the Eu Tong Sen junction. Adorable, and with rabbit sentries.

Just a neurotic thought. For a number of years, the main Eu Tong Sen showpiece had featured Chang’e, i.e., the Chinese moon goddess. How about her hubby Hou Yi for a change?

Wouldn’t a shirtless, masculine, arrow shooting Hou Yi be, erm, a refreshing change? Especially with him wearing SAF No. 4 slacks since it’s a Singaporean display?

Just kidding!

Chinatown Lantern Festival 2020.
A selection of the lanterns along the main road. Most are very family-orientated, if you know what I mean.
New Bridge Road, September 2020.
Hanging decorations along New Bridge Road were more traditional in feel.
Mid Autumn Festival Singapore.
Last but not least, the HK Mongkok-inspired “signs” at South Bridge Road. These incurred some displeasure this week because of nonsensical wordings. (They were utterly hilarious) But like the manly Chang’e last year, the unpleasing elements were removed before opening!

The light-up at Gardens is ongoing till Oct 4, while the ones at Chinatown will remain lit till Oct 16, 2020.

Do check out their respective official pages for details on other festive programmes.

2021 Singapore Mid-Autumn Celebrations.

Read my other Festive Celebrations posts.

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Singapore Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 light-up photo essay. Though smaller in scale compared to previous years, it’s still a step in the return to normal life.

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