18 September to 4 October 2020
Gardens by the Bay’s Mid-Autumn Festival display is always spectacular and despite the situation as of late, this year will thankfully be no different! Illuminating the Gardens will be six lantern sets embracing the significance of Mid-Autumn Festival with the themes of family reunion and unity in the community. A highlight of this year’s light-up is Apricot Grove, which features apricot flowers in various stages of blooming. Inspired by the Chinese fable of Dong Feng (a skilled and generous medical practitioner from the Three Kingdoms period), this lantern set is a floral tribute to healthcare workers. Featuring five framed scenes, there will also be Water Song, a lantern set located near the Planet sculpture, between Supertree Grove and The Meadow. You can feast your eyes on 2,000 lanterns for display at Supertree Grove and Flower Dome, all of which have been hand-painted and coloured by local community groups and social service organisations, as well as Gardens by the Bay’s mature staff and volunteers. Visitors can also look forward to the Royal Family’s Walk, which depicts a royal procession of the king and queen in the early Joseon Dynasty in Korea. First displayed at the Seoul Lantern Festival 2019, this unique lantern set located at Supertree Grove is made of hanji, a Korean traditional paper created using the bark of the mulberry tree.
Online, there will be a virtual preview of the lantern displays, performances by award-winning flutist and composer, Rit Xu, and Chinese dance duo, Li Ruimin and Zheng Long, a snow skin mooncake demonstration conducted by People’s Association, Chinese craft tutorials as well as haiku. All these will be accessible to the public on Gardens by the Bay’s website from 18 September to 4 October!
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