Sunday, 24 August 2014

Mid-Autumn Celebrations in Chinatown 2014

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Lantern or Mooncake Festival, is just round the corner and Chinatown is the best place to soak in the mood.

The streets will light up with 3,100 handcrafted flower lanterns and there will be local performances on the 24 August 2014. Here's a sneak preview of what to expect.

Floral laterns hang above a street during a sneak peek of the upcoming mid-autumn festival in Singapore on 19 August 2014.

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Road closures for Mid-Autumn celebrations

To celebrate the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng CCC has organised an official light-up and opening ceremony on Sunday (Aug 24), and a mass lantern walk the following week on Saturday (Sep 6). The expected number of spectators for the events is about 20,000 and 8,000, respectively, the police said.

To ease the moderate to heavy traffic disruption expected, police said in a statement on Friday that a total of 13 lanes and roads will be closed to vehicular traffic, while Mosque Street will become a two-way road to allow access to and exit from South Bridge Road.

Access to the roads and lanes during their closure will only be granted to police and emergency vehicles, the police said, adding that vehicles found parking indiscriminately and causing obstruction will be towed away.