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Thousands gather in Chinatown to celebrate annual Mid-Autumn Festival

Thousands gathered in Chinatown on Sunday night to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept 19 this year. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Thousands gathered in Chinatown on Sunday night to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept 19 this year. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Thousands gathered in Chinatown on Sunday night to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept 19 this year. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Thousands gathered in Chinatown on Sunday night to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept 19 this year. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Thousands gathered in Chinatown on Sunday night to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept 19 this year. -- TWITTER PHOTO: CRISPIN CASIMIR
Thousands gathered in Chinatown on Sunday night to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept 19 this year. -- TWITTER PHOTO: CRISPIN CASIMIR
Thousands gathered in Chinatown on Sunday night to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept 19 this year. -- TWITTER PHOTO: CRISPIN CASIMIR
Thousands gathered in Chinatown on Sunday night to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept 19 this year. -- TWITTER PHOTO: CRISPIN CASIMIR
Children carry lanterns during the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Mass Lantern Walk on Sept 15, 2013.
Children carry lanterns during the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Mass Lantern Walk on Sept 15, 2013.
Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing (background centre) and Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Dr Lily Neo (left), walk with children carrying lanterns during the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Mass Lantern Walk on Sept 15, 2013.
Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing (background centre) and Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Dr Lily Neo (left), walk with children carrying lanterns during the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Mass Lantern Walk on Sept 15, 2013.
Participants carry lanterns during the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Mass Lantern Walk on Sept 15, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Participants carry lanterns during the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Mass Lantern Walk on Sept 15, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Participants watch fireworks during the finale of the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Mass Lantern Walk on Sept 15, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Participants watch fireworks during the finale of the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Mass Lantern Walk on Sept 15, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Dragon dancers carrying a dragon pass through participants carrying lanterns during the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Mass Lantern Walk on Sept 15, 2013. Thousands gathered in Chinatown on Sunday night to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which
Dragon dancers carrying a dragon pass through participants carrying lanterns during the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Mass Lantern Walk on Sept 15, 2013. Thousands gathered in Chinatown on Sunday night to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept 19 this year. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Thousands gathered in Chinatown on Sunday night to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept 19 this year.

About 6,000 people took part in the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Mass Lantern Walk organised by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee.

They walked for 1km from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple at Banda Street to Eu Tong Sen Street with LED lanterns in hand. There were also percussion and dance performances along the way.

Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, who was the guest of honour at the event, said: "The Mid-Autumn Festival always reminds you of home and family ties... The Chinese have this saying that once you see the full moon, no matter which corner of the world you are, you will always think of your family."