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  Goldfish Lantern, Singapore
by bpacker

Now for a country with no seasons at all, Singapore celebrate season festivals with a vengence. Undeterred by the fact that it only rains or shine over here , Singaporeans will buy pussy willows during the Spring festival, buy real, yes, real Christmas trees that wilt in our tropical heat in no time at all during the Yuletide season and lanterns and mooncakes during the Lantern Festival. In case you're wondering, mooncakes are lard-filled orbs of bean paste and egg yolks that no healthy Singaporean would consider eating on any other month. Still, come September during the Mid Autumn Festival, they will go out dutifully, in full force to buy the best mooncakes in town and hold lantern competitions in a fairyland of lights and colour in the Chinese Garden. Why? This perhaps harks back to a time long ago, when our Chinese ancestors, filled with homesickness for their Motherland and practice these time bound traditions in their new tropical home. I'm quite sure it gave them some measure of comfort and for us, the migrant lot, some comforting reminder of the past and our roots . As for me, I'll give a pass on those orbs of lard, I'd rather have a cheery lantern anytime.

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  • Updated Sep 10, 2007
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