Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Décor Features Bunnies & Mooncakes
It’s that time of the year when mooncake ads are popping up again, signalling that the Mid-Autumn season is back.
The Chinatown decorations are among the most anticipated traditions of celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore.
In past years, the Chinese Goddess of the Moon Chang’e has always been the star of the installations.
This year, however, bunnies and mooncakes are the centre of attention, with Chang’e nowhere to be seen.
Cute bunnies & colourful mooncakes take over Chinatown
The brand new decorations were put up overnight last Saturday (13 Aug) along Eu Tong Sen Street.
Four mooncakes of different colours are stacked atop each other in the middle of a golden round window.
Each mooncake contains one Chinese character of the idiom that’s part of this year’s theme, ‘Hua Hao Yue Yuan Qing Zhong Qiu’ (transliterated from Chinese, meaning celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with happiness and prosperity).
Complementing the mooncakes are four cherubic Jade Rabbits, which add a playful touch to the installation.
Rows of lanterns featuring more bunnies and mooncakes have also been hung over the streets.
Decorations will be up until 25 Sep
This year’s decorations not only have a new theme, but have also been extended to more streets, 8world News reported.
While previous years’ installations could only be seen on New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road, and Eu Tong Sen Street, Upper Cross Street will also be home to some decorations this year.
Those looking to see the installation in its full glory can swing by on 26 Aug, the day of the lighting ceremony.
If Chinatown is out of the way for you, fret not — the bunnies and mooncakes will be here until 25 Sep, so there’s plenty of time to see them in person.
Adorable décor aside, visitors can also look forward to a two-week food festival, marketplace, a lantern art contest, and live performances.
Past years featured controversial Mid-Autumn Festival decorations
As some may remember, Chinatown’s Mid-Autumn Festival décor has met some controversy in past years.
In 2019, Chang’e underwent a makeover overnight after netizens took shots at her masculine appearance.
The following year, the goddess emerged in a sitting position that unfortunately made her look pregnant instead.
Fortunately, Chang’e made a successful debut for once in 2021, with a design that was immediately met with approval.
Given the intense public feedback in the past, designers may have wanted to play it safe this year by omitting her entirely.
Hope this year’s décor will be better received
Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore is not complete without Chinatown decorations, and it’s refreshing to see a new theme this year.
Here’s hoping the Jade Rabbits and mooncakes will be welcomed with open arms, and Chang’e will return eventually.
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