Singapore is known for its vibrant cultural celebrations, and one of its most celebrated occasions is the Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival.
If you’re a tourist and you’re looking forward to this event, here’s a shortlist of some of the best things to do during the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore.
Gift mooncakes to loved ones.
Mooncakes are certainly the main stars of this festival. From classic and traditional flavors to high-end and unique variations, you will have lots of choices on what mooncakes to send to your family, friends, colleagues, and even business associates.
Enjoy family reunions at home or restaurants.
Like during Chinese New Year, Singaporeans also try their best to reunite with their families when the Mooncake Festival arrives.
If you’ll compare it to western occasions, it’s pretty much like Thanksgiving so having a simple or grand get-together with loved ones is one of the best things to do during this festive occasion.
While family reunions are usually done at home, more and more families are now opting to spend some quality time together over a simple dinner in restaurants. If you need some recommendations, check out some restaurants we reviewed.
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Witness the street light-up in Chinatown.
Another thing you shouldn’t miss when celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival is witnessing the annual street light-up in Chinatown. With hundreds of sculptured lanterns lined up all on the streets, you can take as many pictures as you want using your digital cameras and camera phones.
Although there will be no live performances and festive bazaars due to the pandemic, they will still showcase various online programs that can be enjoyed at home. That is why it would be better to have a stable internet connection and get reliable fiber broadband or router.
Create your own lanterns at home.
If you can’t get enough of the pretty lanterns in Chinatown, why not try to make your own? Creating a traditional lantern is not as hard as you may think because it’s just made from oil-coated silk paper and bamboo frames.
You can watch tutorials online to make various sculptured lanterns more conveniently. Once done, you can hang the lanterns on the trees, fences, and canopies around your property.
Visit Gardens by the Bay.
If you want to watch big and beautiful lanterns floating up in the sky, you can consider visiting Gardens by the Bay during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Aside from lantern displays, they also feature a range of cultural performances by local performing arts groups. Note that the performances are also live-streamed on the official Facebook page of Gardens by the Bay, so you can enjoy the programs in the comfort of your own home.