Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Gardens by the Bay. Mid Autumn Festival

Following on from yesterday's post I couldn't really mention the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival without mentioning and indeed visiting the giant lanterns that have been out in The Gardens by the Bay for the 7th year running. I didn't get a chance to see them last year and although hubby is again travelling this week and still won't get the chance to visit, I managed to take a trip down on Monday to experience the spectacle. The festival runs at the gardens from 4-14 Sept and all the information on whats on, and all about the lanterns can be found here.

I arrived slightly early before it was dark, so I would recommend you get there for about 19:00, although it did give me a chance to wander around the whole gardens before the masses arrived. Its great to see so many people, old and young, visiting this and enjoying some simple pleasures.

Some of the themes this year are the Chinese zodiac figures,which are probably my favourite. On the Lake are The Eight Immortals crossing the bridge, the ever popular Chinese Palace and the voyage of Cheng Ho (Zheng He) a Chinese eunuch, a sailor and explorer who's travels in the 14th century have passed into Chinese history. You will also see lanterns depicting different countries around the world and many many more. I'm hoping to get back at the weekend before it ends, once hubby is back in the country.

The Chinese Palace. I make no apologies that there a number of shots of this lantern, but with its setting they were just too difficult to chose between!
The Eight Immortals
Cheng Ho 

Apart from the lanterns, there is of course food!! well it is Singapore.... moon cakes and other mid autumn delicacies abound. You can make lanterns, various exhibitions and competitions make it popular with everyone. Throughout the festival there will also be cultural performances (all details again are on their website) Monday evening I briefly caught a dance performance just under the Super Trees. Talking of Super Trees there is of course the twice nightly musical rhapsody, when the trees light up to the music being payed, always enchanting and magical.

The Festival runs from until Sunday 14th so still plenty of time to take a trip down there and spend a pleasant evening :)

As the day of the Mid Autumn Festival cumulates in the full moon, I couldn't in all honesty leave out the greatest lantern of them all :)

Chinese zodiac lantern of the Horse. 2014 is the Year of the Horse and I was also born in the Year of the Horse, its supposed to be a good year for me - well it hasn't been to bad so far! 
The Rooster 

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