CIIC:Today's featured article/September 25, 2018

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Moon cakes, traditoanl Chinese food.

Moon cake (月饼) is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-autumn Festival which usually falls in mid or late September according to Gregorian calendar.

Moon cake comes from the Yuan Dynasty. During that time, people would not stand the cruel domination taking place, so many people staged uprisings to fight against the Yuan Dynasty rulers. Zhu Yuanzhang, the most prominent one, united all the people to start the uprisings. Unfortunately, government soldiers checked correspondences so strictly that it was hard for him to deliver messages to his fellow rebels. Soon the leader had a good idea: to hide messages in cake to inform his people. Finally the uprising succeeded, and Zhu Yuanzhang designated the "message cake" as the main food in the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival. From then on, moon cake has always played an important role in the festival's celebrations. (More...)

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