Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular harvest festival. Mid-Autumn Festival occurs on the fifteenth day of the eighth month as per the Chinese calendar, and usually around comes in late September or early October as per the Gregorian calendar. Mid Autumn Festival 2010 takes place from 11 September to 10 October. In Singapore, Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated on 18 September 2010. This festival celebrates to honor the defeat of the Mongol invaders in China in 1341AD. Mid Autumn Festival occurs when the moon is at its brightest. The festival is celebrated in many events in Singapore, including a giant lantern procession, galleries, guided walks and special events that take place in public spaces such as parks and squares.
Mid-Autumn Festival is recognized as the Moon Festival, Zhongqiu Festival, or in Chinese, Zhongqiujie, or in Vietnamese “Tết Trung Thu”. Chinese and Vietnamese people celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival by dating back more than 3,000 years to moon worship in China’s Shang Dynasty. Initially, in the Empire of Zhou, It was called Zhongqiu Jie. Sometimes, it is also referred as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival in Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines.
When the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest position, Moon Festival parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar. Moon-cake is the traditional food of this festival, available in many different varieties with yummy ingredients, and sold everywhere in traditional flavors like lotus and egg yolk or exotic varieties like durian, chocolate, coffee and ice-cream. In the Chinese calendar, Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the few most important holidays, such as Chinese New Year and Winter Solstice, and in several countries, Mid-Autumn Festival is considered as a legal holiday.
This day is celebrated as the end of the summer harvesting season by farmers. Traditionally, to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, Chinese family members and friends will gather on this day and under the moon, they eat moon cakes and pomelos together. Besides this, putting pomelo rinds on one’s head, Carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns, Planting Mid-Autumn trees collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among family members Fire Dragon Dances, and Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang’e are included in additional cultural or regional customs. To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, barbecuing meat outdoors has become a widespread way in Taiwan since 1980s.
Chinatown: Light up, street bazaar and procession of lanterns (11 September to 10 October 2010, from 7pm – 2am (Fri, Sat and Public Holidays), 7pm – 12am (Sun – Thu)
Singapore River: Floating lanterns, street performances
Chinese Gardens: The most enchanting lanterns and fireworks (8 September 2010 – 7 October 2010)
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