Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 lights.
I was really thrilled when I read about the light-ups happening again this year.
At the risk of sounding mawkish, it symbolises we aren’t 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 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.
But still, there’s something happening. Something to photograph and enjoy. 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 were also more romantic. More atmospheric too.
With the exception of the festive bazaar, Chinatown didn’t take too much of a “hit.” While the lanterns on show were simpler compared to 2019 and 2019, the usual display areas were 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)
(I might be updating this page throughout the month. I refuse to believe there’s no noteworthy Mid-Autumn mall decorations at all!)
Do check out their respective official pages for details on other festive programmes.
Read my other Festive Celebrations posts.