Mid-Autumn Festival at Gardens by the Bay
Oh it's that time of year again! Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival. This year it seems that the Chinese Gardens has abandoned the project I had grown to love, but no worries. Gardens by the Bay has picked up where they left off and have made some great displays for everyone to enjoy.
This was the hot favourite of shutterbugs, an intricate display of traditional Chinese architecture.
Gardens by the Bay’s version of beautiful floral Sky Lanterns.
A majestic dragon float, another hot favorite attraction.
Of course, no Chinese festival would be complete without a dragon somewhere, and this was another favorite display that sat ‘floating’ on Dragonfly Lake. It came complete with robotic lotus flowers with petals that opened and closed.
I had only one real peeve about it all, which was that it had hardly, if at all, focus on the legends of the Chinese mid-autumn festival, such as how it is supposedly about the Cowherd and the Weaving Maiden, forbidden lovers who only get to meet once a year via a bridge formed by sympathetic magpies. Or even about Chang’e, the lady who lives on the moon, and her pet jade rabbit.
Instead, there were displays that were obviously to attract families with young children, such as enchanted forests, some fairy tales and even something that looked like a scene from Jurassic Park. There were also several that reflect the multi-cultural and multi-racial society that is Singapore.
An enchanted forest with the striking Marina Bay Sands Hotel in the background.
A colony of cute ants going about their day.
A scene representative of Indian culture.
The very cute snake charmer with his not-very-scary snake.
And Chilli Padi got to ride on a, well, stationary Indian elephant!