Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival and learn about Chinese traditions and customs from the comfort of your own home with the online edition of the well-loved Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival!
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.
Held from 31 August 2021 – 26 September 2021, this year’s Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival will be mainly taking place virtually via the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH) Facebook page, where the public can look forward to an exciting line-up of family-friendly digital initiatives.
Besides the digital offerings, visitors to the memorial hall can look forward to its thematic lantern installation on-site, "Those Moonlit Moments...", which promises to make for great photo-moments under the stars.
Here's a closer look at the various programmes available:
1. Lantern Installation (On-Site)
Photo Credit: National Heritage Board
Date: 31 Aug to 26 Sep 2021
Time: 10am to 9pm, Daily
Produced by Thailand artist Boonyavee Boonsakda (Ngaew Ngaew), in collaboration with the SYSNMH, "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 everyone's collective wish to be able to get together and reunite with our loved ones, both locally and overseas, during these difficult times.
2. Videos On Facebook
1. Mid-Autumn Craft Tutorial: Create Your Own Unique Lantern
Date: 21 Sep 2021
Get your creative juices flowing and try your hand at making your own unique lantern! With the help of this DIY Mid-Autumn craft tutorial, you would be able to explore using upcycled materials for a unique Mid-Autumn experience.
2. Deciphering Lantern Riddles! (for Children)
Date: 22 Sep 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 the 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)
Date: 23 Sep 2021
Have you always had a hard time guessing lantern riddles? You are not alone! Join the session for adults with Riddle Association (Singapore) and Bong Qiu Qiu to learn about the strategies and tips to guess lantern riddles.
4. Learn More About The Jade Rabbit
Date: 24 Sep 2021
Have you ever wondered why the rabbit is often featured in designs and decorations for the Mid-Autumn Festival? Find out more from this video to learn about the story of Jade Rabbit, its selflessness and its kindness!
3. Other Digital Offering
1. What Does Your Lantern Say About You?
Date: 14 Sep 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!
2. Help Hou Yi Shoot The Suns (Mini-game)
Date: 17 Sep 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!
3. Let’s Celebrate Mid- Autumn Festival With Uncle Ting!
Photo Credits: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (unless otherwise stated)
Date: 6 Sep 2021
Looking for activities to engage your child at home? Download the 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!
For more information, you may visit the Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival website.