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National Mahjong Day

Get ready to play your tiles and celebrate National Mahjong Day! Whether you're a pro or just learning, it's the perfect day to enjoy this ancient Chinese game.
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April 30
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Get ready to celebrate National Mahjong Day on April 30 by gathering your friends and family for a fun and strategic game! This ancient Chinese game has been around for centuries and is still enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. It's said that the game was created by Confucius himself, making it not just a simple pastime but also a way to exercise your mind and practice discipline. So dust off those tiles and get ready to make some winning hands on this special day dedicated to one of the world's oldest games!

History of National Mahjong Day

National Mahjong Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origination of Mahjong</div><div class='timeline-text'>It is believed that the game of mahjong was developed in China during the 1800s, becoming a major pastime across the country.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1920</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Expansion to the West</div><div class='timeline-text'>Mahjong started gaining popularity outside China and was introduced to America and Europe in the 1920s.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1937</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>American Mah-Jongg Association Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Mah Jongg League was formed in the United States, standardizing the rules for the American version of the game.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1981</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Official Chinese Rules Formulated</div><div class='timeline-text'>The People's Republic of China declared the first known official rules for the game, forming a basis for international competitions.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First World Championship</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first World Championship competition for mahjong is held in Tokyo, Japan, garnering global attention for the game.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise of Digital Mahjong</div><div class='timeline-text'>Amid the global pandemic, online and app-based versions of mahjong gained remarkable popularity, enabling players to connect from their homes worldwide.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Mahjong Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a Mahjong tournament</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends who love playing Mahjong and hold a tournament. Set up different rounds and have prizes for the winners! It's a great way to bond over a game and celebrate National Mahjong Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn a new Mahjong variation</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Challenge yourself and your friends by learning a new variation of Mahjong. It could be a regional variation or just a different set of rules. It will make your game night more interesting and educational.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a Mahjong-themed potluck</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Have your friends bring over some dishes inspired by the country where Mahjong originated from - China. This way, you can enjoy delicious food while playing your favorite game and learning more about its cultural background.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create your own Mahjong set</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and make your own Mahjong set! You can use anything from paper to wood to create the tiles, and personalize it with your own designs and patterns. It will be a unique way to celebrate National Mahjong Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a Mahjong movie night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over for a cozy night in with some snacks and a Mahjong-themed movie. There are many movies and documentaries that revolve around this game, such as "The Joy Luck Club" and "Masters of Mahjong". It will be a relaxing and fun way to celebrate National Mahjong Day.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Mahjong Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a fun and challenging game</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Mahjong is a classic game that has been played for centuries, and for good reason! It requires strategy, skill, and a bit of luck to win, making it a satisfying and entertaining pastime.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings people together</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Mahjong is often played with groups of friends or family members, making it a great way to bond and spend quality time together. Plus, the social aspect can also help improve cognitive skills and memory!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>There are endless variations to play</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>While Mahjong traditionally uses tiles with Chinese characters, there are many different versions of the game now available, including ones with Western symbols or numbers. This allows for even more ways to play and keep things interesting!</p></div></div>

5 Intriguing Facts About National Mahjong Day

National Mahjong Day FAQs

When is National Mahjong Day?

National Mahjong Day is celebrated on April 30th every year. In 2024, National Mahjong Day will fall on a Tuesday.

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