As you all know, the highly anticipated Mid-Autumn Festival is just three nights away! Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong enjoyed yet another course of splendid celebrations, with Teck Ghee residents at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Saturday night. This celebration was just as grand as the others but was a step ahead as it carried a special element of which the leader was a part.
The Chinese harvest festival also known as Lantern Festival in Singapore celebrates autumn abundance with thanksgiving and celebration with friends and family. A sip of Chinese tea with a mooncake bite makes the best pair to relish on this occasion.
Spectacular lantern displays with eye-catching detail are seen in many parts of the country during this season. Moon worship is also considered an essential component of the celebrations which includes moon viewing parties in relation with the full moon on the night of the festival.
Originating in China, the traditional mooncake is a round pastry usually consisting of rich thick filling made from red bean or lotus seed paste with egg yolk in the centre. Mooncake fillings vary from region to region. Mooncakes in Singapore have durian fruit paste fillings.
Considered the most native mooncake to Singapore, Durian-filled mooncakes are relished by Singaporeans as the season's snack.
Prime Minister Lee, on Saturday, was amidst yet another early festival celebration with only a half-moon in the sky as mentioned in his post.
In what made this party a truly memorable one, the PM witnessed a spectacle of 40,100 mooncakes on display to contribute to a self-made full moon out of mooncakes.
As stated by him, this striking display also created a new Singapore record for the most mooncakes on display till date.
The mooncakes will be distributed to needy residents and homes, hospices and WMOs to enable beneficiaries to also celebrate the festival he noted.
Check out the pictures shared by the Prime Minister on his Facebook post.