Mid-Autumn Fest shines again

Mid-Autumn Fest shines again
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong putting the finishing touches to a 2.6m-tall lantern adorned with flowers made from recycled plastic bags, spelling out “SG50”

A towering three-storey lantern made out of straws, hats made out of pomelo skins, and pre-school "chefs" who baked mooncakes to raise money for the needy were just some of the highlights of this year's Mid-Autumn festivities.

The festival, which actually falls today, is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar by Chinese around the world, and has been practised for over 3,000 years.

In the past, the festival was a chance for emperors to worship the moon in hopes of a bountiful harvest. Legend also has it that mooncakes were stuffed with secret messages, which were passed along to start a rebellion in China under the rule of the Mongols. The patterns on the surface of the pastry served as coded messages.

Today, the festival is celebrated in other vibrant and creative ways.

This article was first published on September 08, 2014.
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