2020 Kinmen dice game for Moon Festival to kick off in September

08/20/2020 03:03 PM
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Kinmen, Aug. 15 (CNA) The Kinmen Mid-Autumn Mooncake Dice Game (Bo-Bing) Festival in 2020 will kick off on September 1 with a series of diverse activities running for the whole month, Kinmen County Magistrate Yang Cheng-wu(楊鎮浯)announced Saturday.

As one of the most distinctive folk event s in Taiwan, the organizer will bring for new ideas this year with various activities such as warm-up games in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung at the end of August, followed by island-hopping cruise travel, Kinmen’s ocean music festival, veteran reunions, and even in cooperation with Lego to organize a game of searching unique wind lion gods in Kinmen.

Tourists and locals are welcomed to play the games at the airport, local shops or log in the online game. In addition to moon cakes, a staple during the festival, the winners of this year will have a chance to win big prizes including round-trip flight tickets and a car, the biggest prize of the year, Yang said at a press event held at Kinmen Shangyi Airport. He invited everyone to try his luck during the event.

The Bo-Bing event is also known as "Gambling for Moon-Cakes" and was invented by a soldier named Hong Xu (洪旭) under Ming Dynasty loyalist Zheng Chenggong (鄭成功) during Mid-Autumn Festival to relieve the soldiers’ homesickness, with the winning prizes being moon cakes. Six dice are used to play the game and represent the different levels or "degrees" of the old imperial exam system. (Sponsored Content)

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