Photo credit: CALEB LAU

A walk through Chinatown’s Mid-Autumn Festival light-up and celebrations

Mooncakes and rabbits are the main characters of the main lantern sculpture this year.

Caleb Lau

Grew up a musician, found a calling in photography and writing. Still in love with all of them.

Published: 31 August 2022, 11:04 AM

After two years of virtual celebrations, the Mid-Autumn Festival held in Chinatown is back to full physical capacity this year. 

With the theme of ‘Blossoming Flowers Under The Full Moon’, various highlights including a 10m-tall lantern sculpture, light-up and food fair can be found within the area from now till Sep 25.

Youthopia headed down to Chinatown to check out the festivities and here are some of the highlights we saw.

The main centrepiece of the festival is a 10m-tall sculpture facing the intersection of Upper Cross Street and New Bridge Road. Unlike previous years which featured the Chinese Goddess of the Moon Chang’e, this lantern sculpture showcased a stack of snowskin mooncakes with jade rabbits around them. 


The mooncakes are each marked with a Chinese character, which together forms part of an idiom meaning to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with happiness and prosperity. PHOTO CREDIT: CALEB LAU


As with other festivals organised by the Chinatown Festivals Committee, this year’s celebrations will also feature a light-up, this time consisting of mooncake-shaped lanterns. They will be illuminated from 7pm to midnight every evening till Sep 25.


Aside from the usual areas of New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street, visitors can view the light-up in Upper Cross Street for the first time. PHOTO CREDIT: CALEB LAU


There will also be a food fair at Smith Street for the first time, featuring vendors like takoyaki pop-up One_B and local kueh tutu seller ChubTutu. This will be held from 12pm to 10pm daily till Sep 10.


The food fair is spread out evenly along Smith Street, with ample space for patrons to stand or sit on the many benches scattered around the vicinity. PHOTO CREDIT: CALEB LAU


Throughout the month of September, there will be stage shows at Kreta Ayer Square and a trade fair outside People’s Park Complex at various times. 


The stage shows, which are free to view, will happen from 7pm to 8.30pm on Sep 3, 4 and 10. PHOTO CREDIT: CALEB LAU


The trade fair runs daily from 10am to 10pm till Sep 24, selling everything from phone accessories to clothes and beddings. PHOTO CREDIT: CALEB LAU


At Chinatown Point, a lantern painting competition will take place from 9am to 12pm on Sep 4. Competitors as young as six years old will be able to compete in five different age categories. 


A rabbit statue can be found at the entrance of Chinatown Point with information boards about the Mid-Autumn Festival. PHOTO CREDIT: CALEB LAU


Before heading down to join in the merriment of Chinatown’s Mid-Autumn Festival, do check out the complete programme on Chinatown Festivals’ website to not miss out on any highlights.

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