To keep the tradition of Mid-Autumn Festival alive and bring cheer
to Singaporeans as they adjust to life in the new normal, Gardens by the Bay will be celebrating Mid-Autumn with a mix of onsite and online offerings from 18 September to 4 October.
Onsite Lantern Displays Embracing the Themes of Reunion and Unity
Illuminating the Gardens will be six lantern sets embracing the significance of Mid-Autumn Festival with the themes of family reunion and unity in the community – qualities that are especially meaningful in these extraordinary times.
A highlight of this year’s light-up is Apricot Grove (杏林送暖), which features apricot flowers in various stages of blooming, enhanced with gobo lighting effect to simulate falling petals.Inspired by the Chinese fable of Dong Feng (董奉), a skilled and generous medical practitioner from the Three Kingdoms period(三国时代), this lantern set at Golden Garden is a floral tribute to healthcare workers.
Another lantern set that bears special meaning is Water Song (但愿人长久) inspired by the famous poem 《水调歌头·明月几时有》, which expresses the poet Su Shi’s (苏轼) deep longing for his family as he contemplates the beauty of the moon during Mid-Autumn.
Featuring five framed scenes, the lantern set is located near the Planet sculpture, between Supertree Grove and The Meadow.
Joining in the Mid-Autumn celebration are local community groups and social service organisations, as well as Gardens by the Bay’s mature staff and volunteers, who have hand-painted and coloured close to 2,000 lanterns for display in the Colonnade of Lights (灯廊) and Illuminations of Joy (挂灯结彩) at Supertree Grove and Flower Dome.
Visitors can also look forward to the Royal Family’s Walk (皇
室出巡), which depicts a royal procession of the king and queen in the early Joseon Dynasty in Korea.
First displayed at the Seoul Lantern Festival 2019, this unique lantern set located at Supertree Grove
is made of hanji, a Korean traditional paper created using the bark of the mulberry tree.
Along the Scented Walk near Bayfront Plaza are ten Prosperity Rats (吉鼠呈祥), which first made an appearance in the Gardens during Chinese New Year to usher in the Year of the Rat.
Online Performances and Activities
In place of live performances and activities at the Gardens, this year’s celebrations will be brought into the homes of Singaporeans through a series of online programmes.
There will be a virtual preview of the lantern displays, performances by award-winning flutist and composer, Rit Xu, and Chinese dance duo, Li Ruimin and Zheng Long, a snow skin mooncake demonstration conducted by People’s Association, Chinese craft tutorials as well as haiku.
All these will be accessible to the public on Gardens by the Bay’s website from 18 September to 4 October.
Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 Light-Up is organised by Gardens by the Bay, in collaboration with the Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Seoul Tourism
Organization, Tote Board, and China Life Insurance.
MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL 2020 LIGHT-UP (滨海花园庆中秋)
Date: Friday, 18 September to Sunday, 4 October
Details: Lantern sets will be lighted up from 7pm to 10pm at Gardens by the Bay. Online programmes will be available at gardensbythebay.com.sg/midautumn.
For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.
The app will be available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store from June 29.
Where to Buy Tickets for other attractions in Gardens by the bay?
You can purchase through online through the following platforms:
1. Gardens By The Bay official website
2. KLOOK website
3. KKDAY website