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Mid-Autumn Festival

Because of its central role in the Mid-Autumn festival, mooncakes remained popular even in recent years. For many, they form a central part of the Mid-Autumn festival experience such that it is now commonly known as 'Mooncake Festival'.

Ming Revolution

There is a folk tale about the overthrow of Mongol rule facilitated by messages smuggled in moon cakes.

Another method of hiding a message was to print it on the surfaces of mooncakes which came in packages of four, as a simple puzzle or mosaic. To read the message, each of the four mooncakes was cut into four parts. The resulting 16 pieces were pieced together to reveal the message. The pieces of mooncake were then eaten to destroy the message.


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