Singapore Lantern Festival

The colourful Lantern Festival, also known as the Mid-autumn festival or Yuan Xiao (“unity evening”) in Singapore is best celebrated by visiting the enchanting annual Lantern Exhibits in late September or early October at the Chinese Gardens after dusk. Watch the cultural shows and performances such as the lion dances, and be ready for a jaw-dropping encounter of the brilliant gigantic spectacle. Remember to gear yourself for the most awesome photo-shoot you will ever have!

This festival dates back to the Han Dynasty over 2000 years ago. A legend was told that the Jade Emperor in Heaven was so enraged by the killing his beloved goose, that he decided to destroy the town responsible for the act with a storm of fire. To stop this vengence, a kind-hearted fairy instructed the people to light up lanterns throughout the town. When the folks did as they were told, the town looked as if it was ablaze from the Heavens. Convinced that his goose had been avenged, the Jade Emperor was appeased. From then on, people marked and celebrated the anniversary of their deliverance by carrying lanterns through the streets on the first full moon of the year.

An unbelievable piece of dazzling art in a pitch black night.

An unbelievable piece of dazzling art in a pitch black night.

These cartoon themed lanterns never fail to excite the young ones and draw their oo's and ah's.

These cartoon themed lanterns never fail to excite the young ones and draw their oo’s and ah’s.

Zooming our lens into the heartland - little children making merry at the playgrounds next to the void decks of their flats are seen with these small simple lanterns made of colourful plastic films. More and more modern and sophisticated features such as electronic music, light bulbs, cartoon characters are being added to these festive lanterns, but nothing comes close to these lovely, traditional candle-lit lanterns!

Zooming our lens into the heartland – little children making merry at the playgrounds next to the void decks of their flats are seen with these small simple lanterns made of colourful plastic films. More and more modern and sophisticated features such as electronic music, light bulbs, cartoon characters are being added to these festive lanterns, but nothing comes close to these lovely, traditional candle-lit lanterns!

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