Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival and learn about Chinese traditions and customs from the comfort of your own home with the digital edition of the well-loved Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival!

Date: 31 August to 26 September 2021

Wan Qing mid autumn festival 2021

Falling on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Mooncake Festival, is one of the most important festivals for Chinese communities around the world. Organised by the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival is an annual cultural event for the community to discover and experience the Chinese customs and traditions observed during the festival.

Held online via the memorial hall’s Facebook page (@sysnmh), this year’s Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival aims to bring heritage closer to home, through an exciting line-up of family-friendly digital initiatives such as learning how to guess lantern riddles, craft demonstrations and gamified content on the stories of Chang’e, Houyi and many more. Besides the digital offerings, visitors to the memorial hall can look forward to its thematic lantern installation, Those Moonlit Moments…, which promises to make for great photo-moments under the stars.

Digital Programme Calendar:

Date Programme Format
31 August Guess the Festival + Spot the traditions Photo post
4 September Launch of “Those Moonlit Moments…” thematic lantern installation and festival highlights Animated video
6 September Let’s celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with Uncle Ting! Photo post
10 September More about “Those Moonlit Moments…” Photo post
14 September What does Your Lantern Say About You? Photo post
17 September Help Hou Yi Shoot the Suns Mini game
21 September Mid-Autumn Crafts: Create Your Own Unique Lantern Video
22 September Deciphering Lantern Riddles (for children) Video
23 September Deciphering Lantern Riddles (for adults) Video
24 September Learn more about the Jade Rabbit Video
26 September Festival Summary Interactive experience

Programme Details:

#1 Lantern Installation: “Those Moonlit Moments…”
(Supported by Boonyavee Boonsakda [Ngaew Ngaew])

Wan Qing mid autumn festivalPhoto credit: NHB

Date: 31 August – 26 September 2021
Time: 10am – 9pm (daily)

Produced by Thailand artist Boonyavee Boonsakda (Ngaew Ngaew), in collaboration with the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Those Moonlit Moments… is an outdoor installation comprising four large lanterns featuring the artist’s characters who are enjoying mooncakes and each other’s company under the gentle and watchful eye of Ngaew’s Moon Rabbit. The Moon Rabbit character was created specially for the Mid-Autumn Festival and is inspired by the Jade Rabbit from Chinese folklore which keeps the goddess Chang’e company on the moon.

The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, when the moon is at its brightest and roundest, and it symbolises the joyous union of family and friends. The installation represents our collective wish to be able to get together and reunite with our loved ones, both locally and overseas, during these difficult times. It will be on display on the lawn of the Memorial Hall from 31 August to 26 September 2021, 10am to 9pm daily.

○ “Those Moonlit Moments…” will be installed on the Memorial Hall’s Lawn on 30 August 2021

#2 Deciphering Lantern Riddles! (for Children)
(Supported by Riddle Association [Singapore])

Date: 22 September 2021

Lantern riddles often contain messages of wisdom and good fortune, and they are a fun way to practise language and problem-solving skills. Hints are often provided to indicate whether the answer is a person, place, item or an idiom. If you would like to introduce your children to lantern riddles, join us in this first episode with Riddle Association (Singapore) and Bong Qiu Qiu to find out the strategies and the thought process behind guessing lantern riddles!

#3 Deciphering Lantern Riddles! (for Adults)
(Supported by Riddle Association [Singapore])

Date: 23 September 2021

Wan Qing mid autumn festival SYSNMH 2021

Have you always had a hard time guessing lantern riddles? You are not alone! Join us in this second episode with Riddle Association (Singapore) and Bong Qiu Qiu to learn about the strategies and tips to guess lantern riddles.

#4 Mid-Autumn Craft Tutorial: Create Your Own Unique Lantern
(Supported by Event Arts)

Date: 21 September 2021

Get your creative juices flowing and try your hand at making your own unique lantern! With the help of our DIY Mid-Autumn craft tutorial, you would be able to explore using upcycled materials for a unique Mid-Autumn experience.

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#5 What does Your Lantern Say About You?

Date: 14 September 2021

Lighting lanterns is a popular traditional activity associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival – they chase away the darkness, light the way home at night, and represent a desire for union and the aspiration for a better life. Most importantly, lighting lanterns add a touch of festivity and are great fun for all ages! Find out the five types of lanterns most frequently found in Singapore, and which type of lantern may be more suitable with which type of personality!

#6 Help Hou Yi Shoot the Suns

Date: 17 September 2021

Did you know? Legend has it that there used to be ten scorching suns and it caused famines and sufferings to the people. An expert archer, Hou Yi shot down nine of them and was rewarded with an immortal elixir. Help Hou Yi shoot the suns and learn more about the stories of Chang’e and HouYi!

#7 Learn more about the Jade Rabbit

Date: 24 September 2021

Have you ever wondered why the rabbit is often featured in designs and decorations for the Mid-Autumn Festival? Find out more from our video to learn about the story of Jade Rabbit, its selflessness and its kindness!

#8 Let’s Celebrate Mid- Autumn Festival with Uncle Ting!

Date: 6 September 2021

Wan Qing mid autumn festival 2021 Activity Booklet

Looking for activities to engage your child at home? Download our children’s activity kit Let’s Celebrate with Uncle Ting: Mid-Autumn Festival to learn about the origins and traditions of this festival, the different types of mooncakes preferred by different dialect groups, and many more!

○ “Let’s Celebrate with Uncle Ting: Mid-Autumn Festival” activity kit is available for download here.

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