Gardens by the Bay keeps the tradition of Mid-Autumn Festival alight

With safety in mind, the Gardens will be celebrating this year’s festival with a light-up of lanterns 🏮 onsite, complemented by online performances and activities

mid autumn festival gardens by the bay 2020

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 2020.

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 2020.

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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: 18 September to 4 October 2020
Time: Lantern sets will be lighted up from 7pm to 10pm
Venue: Gardens by the Bay Outdoor Gardens
Admission: Free

Online programmes will be available www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/midautumn.


LANTERN SETS

Apricot Grove (杏林送暖)

mid autumn festival gardens by the bay 2020 Apricot Grove

The Apricot Grove, which features apricot flowers at various stages of blooming, enhanced with gobo lighting effect to simulate falling flower petals, is inspired by the Chinese fable of Dong Feng “董奉”, who is a skilled and generous medical practitioner from the Three Kingdoms period “三国时代”.

The display is sponsored by China Life Insurance (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. as a floral tribute to healthcare workers.

Location: Golden Garden

Water Song (但愿人长久)

Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 Gardens By The Bay Water Song

Inspired by the famous poem 《水调歌头·明月几时有》, this set features five framed scenes, expressing the poet Su Shi’s (苏轼) deep longing for his family as he contemplates the beauty of the moon during Mid-Autumn.

Location: Near ‘Planet’ Sculpture

Royal Family’s Walk (皇室出巡)

Mid-Autumn Festival Gardens By The Bay Royal Family's WalkRoyal Family’s Walk (credit Seoul Tourism Organization)

The Royal Family’s Walk was first displayed at the Seoul Lantern Festival last year. Made of Hanji, a Korean traditional paper formed using the bark of the mulberry tree, it shows the royal procession of the king and queen in the early Joseon Dynasty, which is a common affair in the royal palace.

This display is presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and Seoul Tourism Organization.

Location: Supertree Grove

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Illuminations of Joy (挂灯结彩)

Mid-Autumn Festival Gardens By The Bay Illuminations of Joy

A lantern installation featuring brightly coloured, animal-shaped designs inspired by traditional cellophane lanterns of yesteryear. Showcasing 400 hand-coloured lanterns by 600 participants, this mesmerising display celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival as well as the creativity of the participating community groups.

Location: Supertree Grove

Colonnade of Lights (灯廊)

Mid-Autumn Festival Gardens By The Bay Colonnade of Lights

The Colonnade of Lights is a vibrant showcase of some 1,500 beautiful paper lanterns painted by the community as well as Gardens by the Bay’s senior workers. Take a stroll along the Colonnade and in the Flower Dome as you admire these colourful lanterns designed and hand-painted by people from various walks of life.

Location: Supertree Grove and Flower Dome

Prosperity Rats (吉鼠呈祥)

Mid-Autumn Festival Gardens By The Bay Prosperity Rats

Ten rat lanterns painted by the community and displayed during this year’s Chinese New Year make a return this Mid-Autumn Festival to join in the celebrations.

Location: Scented Walk

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Date: Friday, 18 September to Sunday, 4 October 2020
Location: Gardens by the Bay
Time: Lantern sets will be lighted up from 7pm to 10pm
Details: For more details, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/midautumn.





VIRTUAL PROGRAMMES

Performances

  • Autumn Rhythm (秋之韵)

Enjoy a melodic evening of familiar tunes by award-winning flutist and composer, Rit Xu, as he performs using the Chinese vertical flute (箫) and the Western concert flute, against the backdrop of Water Song.

  • Autumn Wind (唤秋风)

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with a Chinese dance duet by dancer duo, Li Ruimin and Zheng Long, who have co-choreographed works and performed on international stages.

Crafts and Activities

  • Snow Skin Mooncake Making Demonstration

Put on your aprons and have fun learning the basics of making a snow skin mooncake 🥮.

  • DIY Good-Luck Knot

Chinese knots come in various forms and shapes, and represent good luck and prosperity. Make a simple Good-Luck Knot today and present it as a festive gift to your family or friend.

  • Origami Lotus

Learn to make an origami lotus flower and use it to decorate your home this Mid-Autumn.

  • Make Your Own Chinese Pavilion

Print out the worksheets online and make your own Chinese pavilion at home!

  • Coloring: Apricot Grove

Express your creativity by colouring and creating your own version of the Apricot Grove!

Game and Quiz

  • Haiku

Be inspired by our lantern sets, and create your very own haiku!

  • Lantern Quiz

Put your wit to test and participate in the lantern riddles to stand a chance to win prizes.

Videos and Wallpapers

  • Introduction to Mid-Autumn Festival

Find out more about Mid-Autumn celebrations and the significance of Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.

  • Mid-Autumn Festival Wallpapers

Join in the celebration by downloading these specially designed Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival wallpapers to send well wishes to your family and friends, or use them as a backdrop for your virtual gatherings.

  • Lantern Preview

Take a peek at the lanterns on display with a virtual lantern preview.

  • Behind the Scenes of the Lantern Display

Catch a glimpse of how the various lanterns come to life in this behind-the-scenes video!

Date: Friday, 18 September to Sunday, 4 October 2020
Website: Online programmes will be available here
Details: Programmes will be accessible to the public via the website from 18 September to 4 October, except for the dance performance, Autumn Wind (唤秋风), which will only be presented on 23 September 2020.


Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 1 October 2020. We have compiled a list of Mid-Autumn / Mooncake Festival events 2020 to go with the whole family in Singapore.

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