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The Confucius Institute at Universitat de València carries out various acts such as the celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival; since the tea ceremony to sample of mooncakes.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as Moon Festival, given its connection with the satellite. In the old days, to beg good harvests to heavenly deities, the sovereign used to play musical pieces dedicated to the moon in a night of eighth month according to the lunar calendar, the 15th day in particular, with the appearance of the Full Moon that corresponds to mid-autumn, between September and October according to the Gregorian calendar. Staring at the moon at night in  in its magnitude was converted into a habit for the people.

Another linked tradition to this fest is  to present the mooncake, which the native people maintained as a habit in eve of the fest. The mooncake is round, for that reason it symbolises the family reunion, in addition to the happiness and complete satisfaction. According to the legends, the mooncakes were responsibles for the liberation of a people under the Mongol control; A few days before the Mid-Autumn Festival, a commander of the rebel army had sent mooncakes to the people of the village. But those were not normal mooncakes. Within they contained secret notes, in which they coordinated the settlers to wake up at midnight in the night of the fest and attack his captors. The rebellion was successful and the town was released of the Mongolian.

In the course of time, the production of the cake is getting better and better. For the stuffing various ingredients are used such as seeds, walnuts, sugar, cocoa, chocolate, sesame, ham, etc,  and you can taste it in the afternoon snack party that celebrates the Confucius Institute to the target day.