Every 15th Day of the 8th Lunar Month, ethnic Chinese all over the world
joyously celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. A time to be thankful for the
providence of the year’s harvest, a time to be with loved ones. A festival
carrying with it many legends, myths pregnant with cultural overtones.
The moon - whose different phases guided the farmers when to plant, weed,
prune, and harvest - is central to this Festival. It is no surprise that the Festival
celebration moves into full swing after dusk falls. Moon viewing parties are a
popular way to enjoy the evening with the soft glow of lighted paper lanterns,
nibbles of delectable moon cakes and soaking up the atmosphere in the
company of family and friends. Famous Chinese poets like Li Bai (李白),
Zhang Jiuling (张九龄) and Su Shi (苏 轼) drew great inspiration from such
Although there are many myths surrounding this festival, the most celebrated is
about Chang Er (嫦娥). She is often associated with having drunk the elixir of
immortality to prevent the evil emperor from laying hands on it and causing
endless misery. Having drunk that elixir, she then floated to the moon to reside
there as the Goddess of the Moon. To date, she continues to be remembered and
worshipped with elaborate lanterns, food offered as sacrifice and prayers at the
sighing of the full moon.
LANTERNS TO MY HEART celebrates this hope and optimism. Each of us wishes
for the light in our innermost self to shine. None more than Ben Koh, 32 and
Christian Tan, 23. Living in a world where words are hard to verbalize and
actions sometimes misunderstood, Autism can be hard to live with. Art provides
an outlet of expression, a therapy to allow others a glimpse into their worlds.
This exhibition inspires light like lanterns for us to share their innermost selves.
The exhibition has been made possible by the generosity of CHINATOWN
HERITAGE CENTRE. With heartfelt thanks and deep gratitude, we acknowledge
their support in bringing this ray of hope to you. We hope you will come and
enjoy this celebration.
God Bless the many Angels that come our way.
Date: 7 September 2018 to 30 September 2018
Time: 9am – 8pm
Chinatown Heritage Centre(CHC) will be participating in “Yesteryears Once
More” in conjunction with the Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival Celebrations
2018, organised by Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng CCC.
Travel back in time to 1950s Chinatown, trace the footsteps of Singapore’s
forefathers and experience what life was like in the past for early migrants
who made Chinatown their home. Blast to the past dressed up as iconic
Chinatown characters such as Samsui Woman, Coolie and Mata Mata, in
costumes sponsored by CHC. Relive the precious memories and bring home
snapshots of your time travel to “Yesteryears Once More”.
Date: 21 & 22 September 2018
Time: 5pm – 10pm
中秋节 - Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner and it is the season for colourful
lanterns and delicious mooncakes!
Have you ever wondered why we eat mooncakes during Mid-Autumn Festival?
According to Chinese legend, a leader of the Song Dynasty, Zhu Yuan Zhang, was unhappy at the
prospect of being ruled by the Mongolians. He decided to instigate a rebellion against them.
To inform the town people of the rebellion, Zhu Yuan Zhang ordered his army to bake moon
cakes with hidden messages of the rebellion plan inserted into them. The plan was for the
rebellion to take place during the night when the moon is the roundest and brightest. The
soldiers then distributed the moon cakes to the rest of the town people. Thanks to Zhu Yuan
Zhang's quick thinking, the plan was a success and the Mongolian government was overthrown.
To commemorate Zhu Yuan Zhang and his victory, moon cakes are eaten every year when the
moon is at its fullest.
Come and celebrate this traditional Chinese festival with us at Chinatown Heritage Centre. Make
your own playdough moon cakes with a hidden message concealed inside and create your very
own iconic character themed lanterns wearing Samsui hats, Chinese clogs and more – inspired
by the amazing stories at Chinatown Heritage Centre!
Date: 1 September to 30 September 2018
Time: 9am – 7pm
Mid-Autumn Photo Opportunities @Chinatown Heritage Centre