This year, the Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 takes place from 15 September till 3 October. Lanterns light up the outdoor gardens and the Flower Dome, creating a festive atmosphere in the evening.
The Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 is smaller in scale as compared to previous events. Nonetheless, there are still nice sights to be seen and a visit to the Gardens at night is an experience in itself.
The lanterns of the Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 can be found in two areas – the Outdoor Gardens and the Flower Dome.
Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 at the Outdoor Gardens
The Supertrees next to the main drop-off point have been transformed into part of a soaring display of lanterns for the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore.
Sky lanterns create a spiral column which rises up to towards the top of the Supertrees at this garden known as the Golden Garden.
The main lantern set features a pair of rabbits releasing a sky lantern against a backdrop that looks like it has come out of a Chinese painting. The lantern is marked with the Chinese character for prosperity.
Flanking the rabbits are the deer and cranes, symbolic of good fortune and longevity.
Leading into Gardens by the Bay from the Golden Garden is a row of rabbit lanterns. Some are carrying lanterns while others can be seen munching on mooncakes or drinking tea.
Korean Genre Painting
Two frames which look like hanok or traditional Korean houses feature digital artwork by two Korean traditional artists. You can stop to watch the digital animation display, presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and Korea Tourism Organization.
Colonnade of Lights
1,000 paper lanterns create a colourful canopy on the walk down towards Supertree Grove. Each lantern was designed and decorated by members of the community to create this vibrant showcase.
Lanterns in the Flower Dome
Step inside the Flower Dome and head up to the Baobabs area to find yourself in the Rabbits’ Forest. Under an osmanthus tree, a rabbit sits pounding a mortar and pestle in a pavilion.
Spot the cute rabbits all around the Rabbits’ Forest. Our favourite is the one we caught snoozing on a mooncake.
More bunnies can be found at the Flower Dome for the Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 in the form of Miffy, the cute bunny by Dutch artist Dick Bruna.
The little girl rabbit is joined by her family and friends at the Flower Dome’s Australian, South American and Mediterranean Garden.
Origami Crane Trees
One of the most picturesque spots at this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival display is the Origami Crane Trees. Found at the South African Garden, these “tree” have foliage created by 2,000 colourful paper cranes.
Each paper crane has words of blessings on them and has been folded by the community.
Take note that admission charges apply to the Flower Dome.
In addition to the lanterns at Gardens by the Bay, there will be cultural performances as well.
These performances will be held on 18, 19, 24 and 25 September 2021, and 1 and 2 October 2021 at the Flower Field Hall. Pre-booking is required and the performances will also be live streamed on Gardens by the Bay’s Facebook.
Get more ideas of what’s on for the Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 in Singapore here.