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Cesc Fàbregas and Alexis Sánchez with a traditional Chinese mooncake / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ

FC Barcelona wants to wish its Chinese fans a happy Zhong Qiu Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival). The Zhong Qiu Festival, which will be celebrated on September 30, is one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar.

Gerard Piqué, Cesc Fàbregas, Alexis Sánchez, David Villa, Marc Bartra and Andreu Fontàs sent their congratulations in Chinese to the Chinese people ahead of this Sunday’s festivities. The players also recited part of a famous poem written by the historic Chinese author Su Shi (1036-1101).

Chinese families traditionally eat mooncakes - a pastry filled with red beans and lotus seed paste - during the Zhong Qiu Festival, and the FC Barcelona players got to taste the traditional Chinese pastries this afternoon (footage of the players eating the pastries can be viewed on the Club’s Chinese website (www.fcbarcelona.cn) and on the Club’s official social media channels.)

The 2011 award-winning pastry chef at La Pastelería, Josep Maria Rodríguez, collaborated to help bring Catalan and Chinese traditions together by creating a mooncake with a Catalan twist. Mr. Rodríguez' mooncakes -which featured marzipan and chocolate - were then presented to the FC Barcelona players.

FC Barcelona’s New Technologies director, Dídac Lee - of Chinese heritage - said that the Club “is working to be close to Barça fans in China in addition to bringing Chinese traditions to the Catalan people.” He added: “We know the Chinese people have great passion for Barça and we want to make their ‘Azulgrana feeling’ even more enjoyable.”

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