3 culturally-rich events to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival
For a nation of food-lovers, it is hardly surprising that the Mid-Autumn Festival is better known by its moniker – mooncake festival.
The titular sweet treat is a highlight of the festive event, traditionally celebrated to mark the end of the autumn harvest and coinciding with a full moon. The classic pastry is filled with bean paste and a salted egg yolk, but in recent times, it has served as an outlet for gastronomic creativity. Mooncakes now come in wild and winsome flavours, ranging from bubble-tea to truffle carbonara.
The centuries-old festival, however, is more than just about delectable mooncakes. The lunar celebration is also marked by culturally-rich performances and activities such as cross-talk, dance, storytelling and carrying lanterns.
Those looking for a culturally-rich experience of the festival should not miss the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Mid-Autumn event. It is packed with family-friendly activities that include both time-honoured traditions such as guessing lantern riddles and more novel fun such as a laser light show. Read on for our top three picks of activities at the heritage institution’s event, happening on Saturday and Sunday.
Catch a laser light show on the festival’s origins
Watch the story about the origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival come to life in this 3min outdoor laser light show set to an orchestral soundtrack. The show plays at 7.15pm and 8.15pm each night.
Make glow-in-the-dark flower sculptures
A highlight of the event is the luminescent outdoor art installation, Moonflowers of Mid-Autumn, by homegrown artist Lee Yun Qin. The breath-taking installation, realised with the help of the heritage institution’s youth volunteers, comprises more than 200 stalks of glow-in-the-dark flower sculptures made from wire mesh and solar-powered LED lights. Visitors can learn to make the flower sculpture from Lee at a hands-on workshop, held at 4pm each day.
Make your own snowskin mooncakes
Mooncake lovers can take their affection for the pastry to the next level by learning how to make the treat from scratch. Participants will also learn about the legends surrounding the festive confection.
Details on the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 here.