Kinmen Mid-Autumn Moon-cake Gambling Festival

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Tradition
has it that the “Gambling for Moon-Cakes” game was originated by Hong Xu,
born in Kinmen’s Hongmengang (Houfenggang). When Zheng Chenggong set out and
attacked Jinling (Nanjing), Hong Xu was left behind to guard Xiamen. In order
to calm the troops and comfort them in their homesickness, on Mid-autumn
Festival day he had the soldiers of the garrison play this game, and as time
went on it became a rather characteristic activity done in Jinmen on this
holiday. “Gambling for moon-cakes” is a dice game, the winning prizes for
which are moon-cakes. In the past Kinmen was a barren land and the people
were poor. Families all hoped that their children would pass the civil
service exams and thus make a name for themselves. Because they were all
familiar with the civil service examination system, the six dice used in this
game were given the names of the different levels or “degrees” of the
examination system (zhuangyuan, bangyan, tanhua, jinshi, juren, and xiucai).


 The Kinmen County government conducts the “Kinmen Mid-autumn Moon-cake
Gambling Game” in accordance with the ancient rules. Participants must all go
through the three levels of the exam, “provincial, metropolitan, palace.”
Then, according to their ranking, they each receive a moon-cake representing
the particular status they have achieved, from “top graduate” (zhuangyuan) to
“graduate” (xiucai). In addition, to amplify the event and make it more
interesting, traditional Kinmen toys provided so that young and old can have
fun to their heart’s content!
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Chief General's Office   No. 53, Wújiāng St, Jincheng Township, Jinmen CountyKinmen County Jincheng TownshipMap
886-82-318-823#62757
Kinmen County Transportation and Tourism Bureau
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Kinmen Mid-Autumn Moon-cake Gambling Festival
Kinmen Mid-Autumn Moon-cake Gambling Festival
Mid-Autumn Moon-cake Gambling Game Festival
Mid-Autumn Moon-cake Gambling Game Festival
Mid-Autumn Moon-cake Gambling Game Festival
Mid-Autumn Moon-cake Gambling Game Festival
Mid-Autumn Moon-cake Gambling Game Festival
Mid-Autumn Moon-cake Gambling Game Festival
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