National Mahjong Day
When is National Mahjong or Chinese Mahjong Day?
There are two dates referenced on the internet:
National Mahjong Day is celebrated on August 1. This day was established in 2018 by an American website, suggesting it is a U.S. "National" day.
Chinese Mahjong Day is on April 30. It is also often referred to as "National Mahjong Day". It is the older of the two Mahjong Day special events. It has been around since approximately 2010 - 2015. It also seems to be American in origin.
If you love the game of Mahjong, why not celebrate on both days!?
The game of Mahjong originated in Shanghai, China. There is speculation that the game of Mahjong was created thousands of years ago by Confucius. Over many centuries, Mahjong become popular in many countries in Asia, including, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore, to name a few. The game of Mahjong arrived in America in the early 1920's. It took the country by storm and quickly became the rage.
Mahjong is a 4 player game of strategy. There is a solitary version. 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). The tiles are marked in 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.
Happy Chinese Mahjong Day
Origin of National Mahjong Day:
National Mahjong Day was created by Riichi Mahjong Central. Their goal is to increase awareness of this popular game. There mission is to "make the world a better place through Mahjong with love and peace".
Our research did not find a identify an individual or group having created Chinese Mahjong Day. which is often called National Mahjong 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 delcared the April 30 day as a National Day. However, we found no presidential proclamation.
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