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Mid-Autumn Festival celebration kicked off in Singapore

09-14-2010 09:08 BJT Special Report:2010 Mid-Autumn Festival Gala |

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With only ten days away from the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the most important family reunion days of Chinese nation and is traditionally celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, the Chinese communities from around the globe have started to celebrate.

In the China Town of Singapore, the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations were kicked off by a light-up ceremony last Saturday.

Tens of thousands of local residents, including Chinese descendants, Malay and Hindu, as well as visitors thronged at the China Town hours before the ceremony.

The entire city is enlivened and lit up by an exciting, colorful and vibrant month-long program based on the theme "A Celebration of Unity."

Singapore President S R Nathan graced the official light-up and opening ceremony. He unveiled Singapore's largest photo mosaic lantern that is 2.5 meters wide and 4 meters tall, on which are printed over a thousand Singaporeans collected from the internet.

A thousand lanterns from ten countries and regions including China, Egypt,Japan, Vietnam, India and Myanmar are showcased.

During the celebration, the main thoroughfare of China town will be soaked in colorful street procession and 16 performances involving over 600 performers. Highlights of the street parade shows include a mass display of 18 dragons and festive doll puppets. A glowing 88 feet long LED dragon whose body is fitted with 3000 LED lights will be danced by a ten-men troupe.

The China Town will gather more than 300 festival stalls offering a dazzling array of festive goodies like moon cakes, pomelos, lanterns, handicraft and decorative items.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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