Wednesday, September 26, 2012
September 2012 Sketchwalk – Mid Autum Festival @ Chinatown
Date: 29 Sep 2012 Location: Chinatown
Meeting Place: Steps leading to Chinatown Food Center on the South Side facing Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.
Show & Tell: Same location meeting at 8pm
The Mid Autumn Festival is also popularly known as the Mooncake or Lantern Festival. This year, the festival takes place from 11 Sep to 10 Oct. On the 15th day of the eighth Chinese lunar month (which occurs on 3 Oct 2012), the moon would be at its fullest. This would be the day the Chinese celebrates the Mid Autumn Festival, during which they would enjoy moon cakes as festival treats while children would carry lanterns (lit by either candles or electrically with bulbs or LEDs these days). The festival is celebrated in Chinatown with festive street light ups and bazaar stalls selling mooncakes, pomelos, tea and an assortment of festive goodies. In Chinese tradition and believe, the complete moon (月圆) symbolizes family’s togetherness and unity.
Urban Sketchers Singapore is going to participate in this years’ festivity by sketching Chinatown during the September’s sketchwalk. Sketch as you bask in the cool of the evening and be enchanted by the colorful lantern light-ups and themed decorations.
We will meet at 5pm at the steps leading to Chinatown Food Center on the South Side facing Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (you will see many elderlies congregating there to play a game of chess) and proceed to walk the streets of Chinatown along Pagoda Street, Temple Street and Smith Street where the main activities would be. You may stop anywhere to sketch or you could congregate together if you are uncomfortable to sketch alone.
Finally, we will meet back where we started for Show & Tell at 8pm.