Whenever there’s a festival in Singapore, you’ll know. Hari Raya Puasa is on the 10th of Sepember and there were pretty lights up at Toa Payoh. The lights were for National Day, but I think they might leave them up for some time as this is a festive period.
There’s also the upcoming Lantern Festival which is not a public holiday, but you can see shops using the festival in their marketing. Most sales you’ll see will be related to that festival – like Hari Raya Sale, Deepavali Sale or Christmas Sale. Unfortunately sales in Singapore are not that great. They are not like the real sales in the US or Australia where goods are heavily discounted and not just by 20% but as much as 90%! Anyway today I saw these strangely creepy rabbit head mannequins at Tampines 1. Yup the Mid-Autumn festival is here and begins at the malls. The rabbit features in the legend related to the festival. I found this story on the web because I realize I don’t quite know the story myself. Not a tale for kids, but then again neither were Grimm’s fairy tales.
Three fairy sages transformed themselves into pitiful old men and begged for something to eat from a fox, a monkey and a rabbit. The fox and the monkey both had food to give to the old men, but the rabbit, empty-handed, offered his own flesh instead, jumping into a blazing fire to cook himself. The sages were so touched by the rabbit’s sacrifice that they let him live in the Moon Palace where he became the “Jade Rabbit.”
I could not capture how pretty the blue and red lights looked at night.