Lantern walks, mooncake tasting, and lantern riddles – these are familiar practices observed by the Chinese community in Singapore during the Mid-Autumn Festival!
Taking place on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the festival has its roots as a harvest festival when farmers gave thanks to the moon for a plentiful harvest.
The most popular stories associated with the festival are the legend of Chang’e who swallowed an elixir of immortality. She fled to the moon, in order to prevent it from falling into a villain’s hands. Not to forget the legend of Wu Gang the woodcutter too. Also, the secret messages that are hidden in mooncakes, in Yuan China. But how much do you really know about the Mid-Autumn festival?
To help you understand more about the festival, the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre has launched a series of online programs to highlight the customs and traditions of this festival.
Firstly, let their friendly and knowledgeable Kaki share with you the stories and beliefs behind this traditional Chinese festivals.
Next, you can hone your skills at lantern riddles with riddle enthusiast Qiu Rong. As she breaks down the ins-and-outs of these challenging brain teasers in an engaging online tutorial.
In addition, viewers can catch the heart-warming animation Moonlit Memories, produced together with the students from Nanyang Polytechnic (School of Interactive & Digital Media) to bring back all the fond memories of the festivities.
Families and friends can revel in moon-themed classic hits by The Apex Project. Indulge in their performance on a Mid-Autumn medley at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. The music video is the first installment of a series, in partnership with the National Heritage Board, which features our homegrown talents performing at our National Monuments.
In summary, you can learn more about Mid-Autumn Festival through the following programs on their social media channels:
– Kaki Says: Mid-Autumn Festival (卡其说：中秋节)
– Keeping Traditions Alive: Riddle Me This (保留传统习俗：猜灯谜，传真情)
– Moonlit Memories (月夜记事)
– Music at Monuments – NHB x SCCC (国家古迹音乐系列 – 国家文物局 x 新加坡华族文化中心)
– MYTHOLOGY: THE REMIX (锐•MIX街头艺术展：艺起上街)
– SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture (新加坡华人·探索本土华族文化)
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