The origin of Mid-Autumn Festival goes way back to more than 2,000 years ago where people celebrated and gave thanks to Gods for their post-autumn harvest. The fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month was later named Mid-Autumn Festival when praying to the moon became popular. This is also the day when the moon was at its brightest.
Mooncakes are Chinese pastries with a rich filling of lotus paste and contain salted egg yolk. Mooncakes came about later when Zhu Yuang Zhang instigated a revolution against the Mongols in the 14th Century. Secret messages hidden in mooncakes were sent to his people who had supported his cause and hence they were able to successfully rebel against the Mongols. This revolution happened during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Today, you will see Chinese families gathering to sample traditional mooncakes or even exotic ones (with durian fillings or ice-cream flavors etc) while little children run around with their brightly lit lanterns. To truly appreciate this festive mood, head to Chinatown and you will see giant lantern displays lighting up the streets of Chinatown and street stalls selling goodies related to the festival.
Visit Chinatown in Singapore to bask in the festivities of Mid-Autumn festivals or take a trip to the malls which usually have mooncake fairs during this season.
Visit Chinatown in Singapore and be dazzled by over 20,000 colorful lanterns of different shapes and sizes!
Sample the delicious mooncakes at Singapore Chinatown that are only available during Mid-Autumn Festival