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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

28 September 2010

Chinese dancer

Folk dances, games and moon cake were among the attractions when the Cardiff Confucius Institute celebrated the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.

The festival dates back more than 3,000 years in China when it was linked to worship of the Moon.

The celebration, held at Cardiff University’s Glamorgan Building, involved many traditional Chinese cultural presentations. There was also a game, Bobing, which comes from Cardiff’s twin city Xiamen. This involved moon cake – the sweet delicacy served at the Festival.

Woman in traditional Chinese dress

The celebration was organised by the Cardiff Confucius Institute, based at the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning. The Institute aims to promote learning and understanding about Chinese language and culture in Cardiff and the surrounding community.

The festival follows the recent opening of the Institute’s Chinese Language Suite. This will greatly enhance the Institute’s ability to offer Chinese language teaching for all abilities. It was opened at the Centre for Lifelong Learning by Mr Zhonghui Qiao, Counsellor of the State Council of China and Senior Counsellor, Confucius Institute Headquarters.

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