Lanterns – Made in Singapore


 Last saturday after Sophia’s dinner we took a walk in Chinatown as usual. Just Grandpa, Grandaunt, Mummy and Sophia. It was judging day for the lantern making competition held at Chinatown. These large lanterns were made by various youth groups, schools, volunteers etc. They’re not of professional standard yet of course, but after one lesson these youths spent nearly a month twisting very tough wires to form shapes, trying all ways to cover the shapes nicely with cloth. I admit, its beyond me. So even though they don’t look as impressive as the giant pineapple in the field nearby or the bunch of grapes near the garden bridge, I almost think these deserve more applause.

 Sophia likes them too. She didn’t quite like how too many people were trying to carry her though. I wish she would be friendlier.

Speaking of friendly, I can’t help but share how cute Sophia and her friend were at school last week. She has this best friend (or at least we assume they are best friends) at school and when Sophia’s dad went to pick her up, she saw them sitting side by side playing with toys. When Sophia saw daddy and stood up, the friend stood up too and hgged her as if unwilling to let her go home. How sweet! And all that reminds me why I send her to school.

4 thoughts on “Lanterns – Made in Singapore

    • That’s interesting to know! Though that would have been really early celebration, and even Singaporeans are not that eager, yet. These lanterns are actually up in celebration of a chinese festival called Mid Autumn Festival and there are at least a couple of stories associated to the festival, one to do with a folktale of a fairy flying to the moon and another to do with a revolution. Fundamentally I think its to celebrate the autumn harvest though, though these days we mainly allow the kids to run around holding lanterns while the adults eat mooncakes and sip tea under the moon.

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