This year, the Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival 2020 is going virtual. The annual event will still feature a street light up at Chinatown with lanterns but this will be complemented by online activities rather than the usual onsite ones.
Organised by the Kreta Ayer – Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee, the Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival 2020 will be officially launched on Thursday, 17 September 2020. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s programme.
Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival 2020
Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival 2020 Street Light Up
700 lanterns will light up the streets of Chinatown for the Mid Autumn Festival 2020. The Chinatown street light up will cover New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road. This year, the theme of the Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival Street Light Up will be “Family”, reflecting the message of unity in the face of troubled times.
The Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival 2020 Street Light Up will take place from 7 pm to 12 midnight, 17 September to 16 October 2020.
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Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival 2020 Opening Ceremony
This year’s opening ceremony for the Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival 2020 will be held online for the first time. Tune in over Facebook for a live stream in the evening of 17 September 2020 to view the official launch of the celebrations and watch the lights come on.
360 Virtual Tour
To allow people enjoy the Chinatown light up from home, the Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival organisers will be launching a virtual tour with aerial photography.
Mid Autumn Festival 2020 Short Video Series
The Mid Autumn Festival 2020 Short Video Series will showcase Chinese traditions online. The organising committee has produced videos of three traditional activities related to the Mid Autumn Festival 2020.
Learn about the origins of mooncakes (15 September), why people drink tea during the mid autumn (24 September) and why the pomelo is eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival (27 September).
Online Escape Room Game
Compete in a Chinatown-themed online escape room game as a team to solve puzzles and “escape”. In the process, learn some interesting facts about Chinatown too. The Mid Autumn Festival Online Escape Room Game takes place on 19 September 2020. Registration is required and places are limited.
Online Lantern Painting Competition
Kids ages 3 to 12 can display their artistic talents from home and stand to win prizes. The online lantern painting competition will be held from 12 to 26 September. Download and decorate templates post the completed creations online. Top prize is $300. More details can be found here.
Online Photography Competition
For those who enjoy photography, there will be an online Instagram competition. Get creative in showing how you and your family get into the Mid Autumn Festival mood and stand a chance to win prizes. The Online Photography Competition will be held from 19 September to 26 October 2020. The grand prize is $800. Get details on how to participate here.