Pictures from Singapore Mid-Autumn Festival 2022 celebrations and light-ups.
Today is the first day of the Chinese Lunar Eighth Month. With that, it means the start of Mid-Autumn Festival festivities in Singapore!
Oh wait, celebrations have already started at least a fortnight ago, haven’t they? With all the mooncake fairs popping up all over the island.
While light-ups still took place during the past two years, festivities this time around are much more vibrant too, mostly in the form of street fairs and food bazaars making a comeback. (Kinda like the case for Hari Raya Puasa) Outside of Chinatown and other festive areas, this is most obvious at Ngee Ann City, where the Civic Plaza is once again bustling with new-age mooncake stalls and enthusiastic buyers after a two-year hiatus.
It’s great, isn’t it? Even if you aren’t into the lanterns and mooncakes, or the festival.
Down the road, I think we can look forward to Deepavali and Christmas celebrations being equally vibrant too this year-end.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2022 (花好月圆庆中秋)
Themed “Blossoming Flowers Under the Full Moon” and happening from now till Sep 25, this year’s Chinatown Mid-Autumn Light-Up is notable for several things:
There are mooncake-shaped lanterns everywhere. As in, everywhere.
There are also cutesy rabbits everywhere! A lead-in to the Year of the Rabbit in 2023?
There’s a mini pasar malam food fair at Smith Street. But interestingly, no mooncakes are on sale here.
The classic Chinese phrase hua hao yue yuan (花好月圆) takes center stage. It means “beautiful blossoms and a full moon” and is a metaphor for blissful unions.
Madam Chang’e is noticeable not on the Eu Tong Sen Street showpiece this year! After so many complaints about her figurines being too masculine, too “fierce,” too fat, and too un-beautiful, she is not leading the light-up this time. Oh no! (Do we deserve it?)
Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn 2022
With Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots ongoing in the Flower Dome, this year’s Mid-Autumn celebration at Gardens by the Bay entirely takes place outdoors. There’s a much more bustling food fair here too, with stage performances scheduled for the weekends.
New Age and Traditional Mooncakes Galore!
I’ve been posting pictures of the Singaporean mooncakes for 2022 since early August! Please check out my Facebook post and article on Delishably. Meanwhile, here’s a montage too!
Mid-Autumn Festivities at Chinatown ends on Sep 25, 2022. Check the official page for dates of performances, activities, etc.