Singapore is a clean and orderly island-city state. Multicultural shopping paradise & gastronomic melting pot offset by stringent rules and regulations. Made up of 63 islands, Singapore is the smallest country in Southeast Asia, yet highly urbanized. Population is around 5 million, Chinese, Malay and Tamil are the official languages. Singapore had been a part of various local empires since it was first inhabited in the second century AD. Modern Singapore was founded as a trading post of the East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 with permission from the Sultanate of Johor. The British obtained full sovereignty over the island in 1824 and Singapore became one of the British Straits Settlements in 1826. Singapore was occupied by the Japanese in World War II and reverted to British rule after the war. It became internally self-governing in 1959. Singapore united with other former British territories to form Malaysia in 1963 and became a fully independent state two years later after separation from Malaysia.
The Mid-Autumn Festival (or Zhongqiu Jie in Chinese) refers to a festival in East Asian and Southeast Asian countries celebrating the end of the autumn harvesting season and honoring the autumn moon. The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which in the Gregorian calendar is on September 19 this year. On this day the moon is at its fullest and roundest. This is the reason why the Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the Moon Festival.
Because the traditional food of this festival is the mooncake (of which there are many varieties, in countries like the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore), this festival is better known as the Mooncake Festival.