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20,000 lanterns light up Chinatown in Singapore

Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations

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SINGAPORE, September 7:  Singapore's Chinatown switched on some 20,000 decorative street lanterns in the heritage district on Saturday evening to officially kick off its Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, reports Xinhua.

This year's Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival light-up has done it again, breaking its previous record of 16,800 lanterns with 20,000 colourful lanterns lining the streets.

The lanterns, in five shapes, five sizes and 7 colors, will be kept on throughout the nights until October 4, or 15 days after the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on September 19 this year.

"This is a Singapore record for the largest number of street lanterns on display," said Philemon Loh, head of marketing and publicity at the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee, which organized the celebrations.

The Mid-Autumn Festival refers to the 15th day of the eighth month on the Chinese calendar, or lunar calendar.

The theme of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations of Chinatown this year is Laleidoscope of Lanterns.

"Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival is an important Chinese festival celebration in our cultural calendar as it preserves valued traditions and bonds our community," said Lily Neo, a member of parliament.

Festivals like this can contribute to the preservation of intangible cultural assets such as living cultural knowledge, identity, meaning and core values embedded in certain customs and rituals, she added.

Apart from the light-up ceremony, there are a line-up of activities including a mass lantern walk on September 15, the festive Street Bazaar and Carnival from September 6 to September 19, and the nightly stage shows on the main street from September 7 to September 19.

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