According to the official website, this year’s Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival light-up uses a three-part story to explore the themes of unity and togetherness. The story begins with the myth of Chang’e and ends with a family celebrating Zhongqiu Jie under the moonlight.
The story was completely lost on me, though, when I visited Chinatown on Monday. You see, I started my walk at Chinatown Point, i.e., opposite the centrepiece. The “story,” on the other hand, begins at the opposite end of the festive area.
The story to me is thus: A (blur) family celebrates Mid-Autumn under the moonlight. Meanwhile, sneaky rabbits smuggle mooncakes and lanterns out of their home. After enjoying some the best of the loot, the rabbits offered the unwanted reminder to a (none-the-wiser) Chang’e.
I’m not kidding! The moral of the tale: Always read the official page before visiting a festive light-up! You don’t want to enjoy displays in the wrong order!
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Light-Up 2023 – A Journey of Love and Celebration
The festive light-up ends on Oct 14, 2023, and begins at 7 pm each day. Mid-Autumn is on Sep 29.