Lantern walks, mooncake tasting 🥮, and lantern riddles – these are familiar practices observed by the Chinese community in Singapore during the Mid-Autumn Festival!

Taking place on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the festival has its roots as a harvest festival when farmers gave thanks to the moon for a plentiful harvest. One of the most popular stories associated with the festival is the legend of Chang’e who swallowed an elixir of immortality and fled to moon 🌝, to prevent it from falling into a villain’s hands.

SCCC Mid Autumn Festival Keeping Traditions Alive Riddle Me ThisImage credit: SCCC

To encourage a better appreciation of our distinctive Chinese Singaporean culture, the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre has launched a series of online programmes to highlight the customs and traditions of this festival.

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Let our friendly and knowledgeable Kaki share with you the stories and beliefs behind our traditional Chinese festivals. You can hone your skills at lantern riddles with riddle enthusiast Qiu Rong as she breaks down the ins-and-outs of these challenging brain teasers in an engaging online tutorial. Viewers can also watch the heart-warming animation Moonlit Memories, produced in collaboration with students from Nanyang Polytechnic (School of Interactive & Digital Media) to bring back fond memories of the festivities.

Families and friends can revel in moon-themed classic hits as The Apex Project performs a Mid-Autumn medley at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. The music video is the first instalment of a series, in partnership with the National Heritage Board, which features our homegrown talents performing at our National Monuments.

Related Read: Art And Craft Activity: Lantern Making For Mid-Autumn Festival



The public can learn more about Mid-Autumn Festival through the following programmes:

Kaki Says: Mid-Autumn Festival
卡其说:中秋节

Available from 28 September 2020, 2pm
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre YouTube | Instagram | Facebook

Kaki Says Mid-Autumn Festival SCCCImage credit: SCCC

From the legend of Wu Gang the woodcutter, to secret messages hidden in mooncakes in Yuan China – discover the traditions and lesser-known legends surrounding Mid-Autumn Festival!

Keeping Traditions Alive: Riddle Me This
保留传统习俗:猜灯谜,传真情

Available from 18 September 2020, 2pm
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre YouTube | Instagram | Facebook

Mid Autumn Festival SCCC Keeping Traditions Alive Riddle Me ThisImage credit: SCCC

How do you approach a lantern riddle, and is there a hack to solving them? Try your turn at this Mid-Autumn Festival staple with riddle enthusiast Qiu Rong from the Riddle Association (Singapore) as she breaks down the ins-and-outs of these challenging brain teasers! Hear why she started this hobby, and how lantern riddles enable her to learn more about other cultures. Follow her fun demonstration and you’ll be a Riddle Master in no time!

Moonlit Memories
月夜记事

Available from 11 September 2020, 6pm
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre YouTube | Instagram | Facebook

Mid Autumn Festival SCCC Moonlit MemoriesImage credit: SCCC

How do you celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival? Set against the backdrop of our familiar HDB flats, follow Chang’e and join in her heart-warming celebration, complete with lanterns and mooncakes. This animation is a collaboration with students from Nanyang Polytechnic (School of Interactive & Digital Media).

Music at Monuments – NHB x SCCC
国家古迹音乐系列 – 国家文物局 x 新加坡华族文化中心

Available from 24 September 2020, from 10am
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre YouTube | Instagram | Facebook

Bask in the voices of local a cappella band The Apex Project as they present a medley of moon-themed songs to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Singapore’s 33rd National Monument! Co-presented by the Preservation of Sites & Monuments division of the National Heritage Board and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, this is the first of the Music at Monuments – NHB x SCCC series which features our homegrown talents performing at our National Monuments.

MYTHOLOGY: THE REMIX
锐•MIX街头艺术展:艺起上街

Ongoing
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Website

Explore a modern re-imagination of traditional Chinese myths and legends, such as a modern interpretation Goddess of the Moon by Moon Malek (@moon_malek) where Chang’e looks at us from her home on the moon. Log on and discover these refreshed takes on Chinese mythology by twenty local artists today!

SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture
新加坡华人·探索本土华族文化

Ongoing
Open daily from 2pm – 8pm on Monday, and from 10am – 8pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Level 2 (1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906)
Free Admission

Zone 4 Made in SingaporeImage credit: SCCC

How much do you know about the local celebrations during Mid-Autumn Festival? Find out more at the Centre’s SINGAPO人 exhibition which highlights Chinese Singaporean culture through festivals, food, and languages. Learn how Chinese culture in Singapore has evolved in a way quite unlike other communities around the world. Come discover (and rediscover) what it means to be a ‘Chinese Singapo人’ today.

Members of the public can visit Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s social media channels on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook to gain access to its online programmes. For more information, please visit here.


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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