This year’s Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore, themed “Celebrations of our Traditions” and bringing back traditional cellophane lanterns, opened this weekend.
During the month-long celebration from 23 September to 19 October, over 1,000 handcrafted lanterns will light up the streets of Chinatown each evening. The festival, organised by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC) and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, kicked off on Saturday with a ceremony attended by Halimah Yacob, president of the Republic of Singapore. This year’s opening ceremony was inspired by 1960s Singapore and saw acrobatic stunts and multicultural performances.
Dr Lily Neo, adviser to Jalan Besar GRC GRO (KRETA AYER – KIM SENG) said: “The Chinatown Festivals play an integral role in preserving and passing on our Chinese traditions and customs. For this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival, we hope to evoke fond memories for Singaporeans by recreating Singapore’s traditional lanterns popular in the 60s to 80s, and give overseas visitors a wonderful glimpse of our traditional lanterns commonly seen in the past.”