National Chinese Mahjong Day
About National Mahjong Day
When is Mahjong Day? National Mahjong Day is celebrated on August 1. Chinese Mahjong Day is on April 30.
Break out the Mahjong game board and tiles. There are two separate holidays referenced on the internet to celebrate this popular game. You can celebrate National Mahjong Day or Chinese Mahjong Day. If you love the game of Mahjong, why not celebrate on both days!?
The game of Mahjong originated in Shanghai, China. Mahjong is and has been played by millions. Many people speculate that Confucius created Mahjong thousands of years ago. Over many centuries, Mahjong become popular in many countries in Asia, including, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore, to name a few. The game arrived in America in the early 1920s. It took the country by storm and quickly became the rage.
Mahjong is a 4 player game of strategy. There is a solitary version as well. While the original version is Chinese, there are other varieties, most notably Japanese and American. The game has 144 beautifully decorated, domino-like tiles made of ivory or bamboo (newer, American game pieces are plastic). There are five categories of tiles: simples, winds, dragons, flowers, and seasons.
Other Names: This day is also referred to as Mah Jong Day, Japanese Mahjong Day, and Mah Jongg Day.
Do you like to play games? That’s great, as all you need to do today is find three friends and play Mahjong. You are also encouraged to teach someone how to play the game.
How to Celebrate and Participate in Chinese Mahjong Day
Here are some ways to enjoy National Chinese Mahjong Day:
- Get the game board out and play with friends.
- Don’t have the game? Buy it today.
- Have a game day competition. Get several friends together to see who will be the “Master of Mahjong”.
- Teach someone how to play the game.
“The more man meditates on good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” – – Confucius
History and Origin of National Chinese Mahjong Day
National Mahjong Day was created by Riichi Mahjong Central. Their goal is to increase awareness of this popular game. Their mission is to “make the world a better place through Mahjong with love and peace”.
Our research did not identify an individual or group having created Chinese Mahjong Day. This day is also often called National Mahjong Day, which we believe refers to a Chinese national day.
We did not find any documentation confirming either of these days to be a true “National” day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation. Some sources suggest President Obama declared April 30 day as a National Day. However, we found no presidential proclamation.
Definition of “National” Days – and why it is so important to distinguish and identify true national days.
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