DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that HongKong restaurants provide Mahjong tables for their patron customers before or after lunch and dinner? That is because Mahjong is one of the most popular strategy card games in the world. As MahjonggMentor says, the word Mahjong means “clattering sparrows” because the noise of the tiles resembles the sound sparrows make. The game began in China (Qing dynasty) in the mid to late 1800s and was brought to the United States in the 1920s. However, the card game was completely banned during the year 1949 mainly because The People’s Republic of China considered it to be outlawed along with other gambling activities. Fortunately, it was brought back during the Cultural Revolution. Although the gambling element of it was removed, people played it openly again until it finally became legal in 1985. Today, Mahjong continues to have a greater level of recognition and popularity not only in Asia but also in American and European countries, this is because of the game’s numerous references in hundreds of mangas and animes as well as its success as a computer game. The advancement of technology has made Mahjong step into the 21st century making it more popular than it ever was.