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Over 1,000 people join traditional mooncake game in Singapore

(Xinhua)

13:29, September 11, 2011

SINGAPORE, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Over a thousand people joined a mass traditional mooncake game, which is also known as "Bo Bing," here on Saturday evening to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The event was organized by the Singapore Amoy Association, the clan association of immigrants from Xiamen, a coastal city in China's southeastern province of Fujian, with the support of several other clan associations and the Chinese Scholars and Student Association in Singapore.

Bo Bing is known as a traditional celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival that is unique to the city of Xiamen. It is believed to originate from Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations in the Qing Dynasty, when a general of the Ming Dynasty who led an army to oust Dutch invaders from Taiwan allowed the soldiers to play the game.

Participants in the game cast six dices in turn, with the one getting certain number of the same numbers as the winner. It is also known as Bo Bing, which means mooncake gaming in Chinese.

The game could involve thousands of people as the winners of a first round can go on to cast their dices in the second round, with the winners moving on to the next round.

The winner of the game in Singapore will go to Xiamen, China, to be part of a larger game.

Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing said the event can help promote social harmony in Singapore as it involves both the younger and older generations of immigrants.

Singapore has been celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival recently with colorful lanterns decorating the streets of Chinatown and the Singapore River.

A mass lantern walk was also held on Saturday evening.

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