Do you have the desire to take on something purely strategic? Are you ready to win one of the world’s oldest games? Today is the day to celebrate Mahjong, the popular Chinese tile game that has been around for centuries.
A lot like rummy, this game utilize tiles, though each tile is decorated with gorgeous Chinese characters and symbols for you to match. Mahjong has come a long way since its inception, literally. Just what is it that makes this game so special?
A History of National Mahjong Day
Mahjong didn’t make its way to the United States until around 1923, when a man by the name of Joseph Park Babcock, a Shanghai Standard Oil Company representative, began shipping the game over to the states. He rewrote many of the original rules to make it a bit more palatable for westerners who wanted to enjoy the game. There are also many other iterations of the game in places like Japan, Britain, and Singapore.
Nowadays, there are massive Mahjong tournaments all across the world. It can be played for money in large tournaments, at home with friends and family, or online for pure fun. Riichi Mahjong Central founded the national holiday in September of 2018 to help spread awareness and teach others how to play.
How To Celebrate National Mahjong Day
The best way to celebrate National Mahjong Day is to play the game! If you don’t know how to play Mahjong, get some of your family or friends together and learn how. If you do know how to play, teach your family and friends how to. Learn what all of the characters and symbols mean.
Remember, you can play in-person or online as well. The important thing is that you take today to commemorate one of the world’s most widespread games.
“China has three tremendous contributions to the world, the first is the Chinese traditional medicine, the second the novel “Dream of the Red Chamber” by Cao Xueqin, the last but not the least Mahjong…”
- Mao Zedong
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