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Published September 29th 2017
The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on Wednesday, 4 October 2017. The festival is synonymous with a gathering among family and friends where they are lighting up colourful lanterns, solving riddles while enjoying a yummy mooncake and sipping a cup of freshly brewed tea under the full moon. It is an old tradition, originally from China and spread to many countries where there are Chinese diaspora.

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Photo courtesy of Chinatown Festivals

It's a great time to plan a get-together with friends and family. If you are wondering where to celebrate the festival this year, here is a guide:

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017
Chinatown is the centre of the celebration. It officially kicked off with an opening ceremony and official street light up on 23 September. The street light-up will be up until 19 October.

Visitors can shop for the festive goodies like lanterns, mooncakes, paintings, tea sets, and more at the street stalls along Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Smith Street, and Sago Street. The bazaar operates daily from 10.30am to 10.30pm. It will end on 4 October.

The carnival takes place at open space in front of People's Park Complex from now until 9 October from 11am to 10.30pm. Click here for more details.

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Photo courtesy of Gardens by The Bay

Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay 2017
The gardens are lit-up with large size lanterns from now until 8 October. Highlights of this celebration include Waters of Prosperity -the largest lantern display at the gardens to date, Grains of Gold - a paddy field lantern display with 4,000 glowing stalks of rice, and Flight of Dragonflies - dragonfly-shaped lanterns adorning the Supertrees. In addition to it, visitors will be entertained by traditional art performances and lantern riddles every night and kids can immerse themselves in art & craft activities at Fun Zone. A spread of Asian delights will be sold at Colonnade of Supertree Grove during the festive.

Visit the Silver Garden which glows with over 1,000 light installations created by beneficiaries from 30 social service organisations in Singapore. Illuminations of Joy, initiated by Vijaya Mohan in collaboration with Didier Ng, celebrates a bi-cultural festival of lights with a display that will run from Mid-Autumn to Deepavali in the Gardens.

A special edition of Garden Rhapsody: Tales of The Moon will run until 31 October 2017. For details, find out more here.

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Autumn Harvest at Flower Dome. Photo courtesy of Gardens by The Bay

Visitors can purchase a ticket to enter Autumn Harvest at Flower Dome. Look out for a plethora of fruit and vegetable-shaped lanterns, and drop by the Mediterranean Garden for a photo opportunity with a giant pumpkin lantern.

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Photo courtesy of Wan Qing Yuan

Wan Qing Yuan Mid-Autumn Festival 2017
Visit the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall this weekend from 10 am to 9.30 pm. The memorial hall has lined up many programmes such as snowskin mooncake-making workshops, storytelling sessions, guided tours, games and lantern-making workshops.

It features cellophane lanterns in familiar designs and shapesfrom now until 15 October 2017. For further details, please check with Wan Qing Yuan.
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Why? Celebrate the tradition of Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore. Most events are free
When: From now until 31 October 2017. Refer to the respective website for the opening hours
Where: Chinatown, Balestier, and Marina Bay
Cost: Refer to respective website. Most are free entry unless otherwise stated
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