Oh yay! The sky cleared up for the moon on last saturday!
After days living behind closed doors and windows due to the bad haze, we just had to get out of our home to get some fresh air on this rare beautiful day. We spent the eve of Mid-Autumn Festival with my parents, smelling refreshing flowers, admiring colourful lanterns and dancing under the moon at Gardens by the Bay.
Celebration of Chrysanthemums
Drawing inspiration from the pastoral, autumn scenes often depicted in classical east Asian art and literature, the "Celebration of Chrysanthemums" floral display evokes a sense of lyrical peace, tinged with reticent longing. This floral display will run till 10 November at the Flower Dome.
Gardens by the Bay brought in more than 10,000 Chrysanthemums to the Flower Dome and transformed the flower field into a rich tapestry of red, gold and pink.
Are you as fascinated as me to find out that not all Chrysanthemums are yellow?
There were more than 40 varieties of Chrysanthemums on display. Look out for the unique Spider Chrysanthemums that have been specially brought in to Singapore for the first time.
You can also see graceful bonsai trees that are more than 100 years old, and maple trees with leaves in the rich colours of fall.
It was a total luxury to immerse ourselves in the freshness of blooming chrysanthemums after many days of inhaling the hazy and harmful air!
As the sun started to set, we can see the ancient-looking lanterns lit up more brightly.
These adorable Pompon chrysanthemum looks just like Emma's pom pom balls!
I'm glad that she didn't attempt to bring some back! haha.
Mid-Autumn Festival Children's Promotion
Kids aged 12 years old and below can redeem a free ticket to enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest on the same day when they show up with a lantern at the ticketing counting from 25 September to 4 October, between 5pm to 9pm.
SG50 Seniors Special
Local senior citizens aged 60 and above can enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest for free, while accompanying caregivers enjoy 50% off tickets. This promotion is on until 31 December 2015.
Love this combination of these colours!
It was rather crowded on that evening as I believe many people were like us wanting some fresh air on a good day!
It's probably best to visit on a weekday to avoid the crowd.
Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay
Mummy, is that all?
Apart from the "Celebration of Chrysanthemums" floral display, the "Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay 2015" also showcases 17 different setups with 300 lanterns in the theme of flora and fauna, nightly cultural performances and a Food Street.
This event is opened to the public for FREE from 7pm to 11pm till 4 October.
Take a closer look at these goats! They were handpainted by talented participants of the lantern painting competition.
Emma was excited to see more animals like giraffes, zebras, elephants, lions, tigers and jaguars.
Along the way, we get to meet our zodiac animals :)
The lanterns are displayed at various locations around the Supertree Grove and Dragonfly Lake. These magnificent dinosaurs up to 25 m long are some of the highlights.
There are also floating lanterns, such as majestic sea palace and dragon boats, at the Dragonfly Lake. However, we had to give it a miss as it was way over Emma's bedtime.
Photo credits: Gardens by the Bay
Beyond the lantern viewing, there are also daily cultural performances at the Supertree Grove. You can find the performance schedule by cultural art groups like Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre, Nam Hwa Opera, Dicapella Ensemble, Azpirasi Malay Dance Group and Indian classical dance group, Apsaras Arts, over at this link.
You can also enjoy a variety of food choices such as kueh tutu, muah chee, kekabs and churros from more than 30 stalls at the Food Street.
Mid-Autumn Festival might be over but the spirit to celebrate the love and harmony with your close ones should never cease.
For those who have not visited Gardens by the Bay, it's a good time to so if the haze clears up. The setups are really impressive and I admire the efforts put in by the organisers.
Mark your calendar on 3 October, 8pm if you are planning for a visit and look out for the firework display! I'm sure it will be as grand and awesome as their displays.
And in case you aren't aware, the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay come to life in a spectacular light and sound show every night. Catch the beautiful show at 7.45pm or 8.45pm. Our family enjoyed it so much and Emma was dancing along to the music throughout the show. :)
For more information and details, do check out Gardens by the Bay website.