Play More Cards Day

Play More Cards Day is observed next on Saturday, February 22nd, 2025 (277 days from today).

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It can be said that Western decks of cards have become very familiar to everyday life, they appear almost everywhere in the world from Europe, Asia to Africa, America with thousands of rules and ways to play, use different. Some card players can be addictive if left unchecked. But playing cards is simply one of the great sources of entertainment, helping you to have moments of relaxation and light with friends and loved ones; help bring people together. In the United States, January 22 of each year is Play More Cards Day. Play More Cards Day is organized to encourage everyone to participate in this entertaining game, to relieve stress after the chaos of life.

Origin history

So far, there is no book that clearly states the origin of this card. One theory is that it was the Chinese who first played Western cards, while others believe that it was the Persians who invented it. Since 1127, the Chinese have known to play wooden cards that are dyed in many colors, although the drawings are still simple.

The hobby of playing cards was warmly received in Venice, then Spain. Less than 100 years later in Paris, a card-making industry arose to satisfy the passion of French King Charles VI (1368-1422). The kings in the French court liked to play this card so much that there was a decree banning the black people from playing it.

By 1480, the British were fascinated by the 52-card deck. The British Parliament felt it necessary to quickly ban servants and apprentices from playing cards during the Christmas holiday. By the 16th and 17th centuries, the 52-card deck became popular among all classes of people in England. The people of the Royal Family at that time, played cards for many days in a row with huge amounts of money.

But before that, the culture of playing cards was cut across and divided into classes. Playing cards takes two forms: gambling and fighting skills games. Gambling was relatively common at that time. Its spread has raised concerns that it will fuel criminal behavior among the lower classes. The church and government began to control the sale and use of cards. Laws banning gambling were enacted in many places one after another.

The earliest prohibition was in 1376 in Florence (Italy). Gambling with large deposits will be fined in Germany 2 years later. In the 15th century, the British Parliament began to ban all forms of card games, except for the 12 days of Christmas break.

1628, King Charles I of England accepted the request of the card makers. The result was the birth of The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, which still exists today. Following that, Britain also stopped importing French decks and enacted a tax on the trading of decks.

Some interesting things besides the Cards

The 52 cards in the Western deck (also known as the cardinals) represent 52 weeks in a year. 4 types of substances: muscle (heart-shaped), checkered or clubs (rhombohedral), dragonfly or diamond (flying leaf shape) and spade (spear-shaped) represent the four seasons of the year.

In addition to the 52 cards, there are also two Joker cards. These two Joker pieces represent the sun (day) and the moon (night).

If you consider each of these Joker cards as 1 point, "J" as 11, "Q" as 12 and "K" as 13, then the 53 cards have a total of 365 points, representing 365 days of the year. If the 54 cards are added together, the total is 366, representing a leap year. There is also another theory, that is, considering each Joker is 0.5 points, the total of 54 cards will be 365 points corresponding to 365 days.

Each suit has 13 cards (from 2 to aces) because each season has 13 weeks. A day has day and night, so the card also has two colors black and red. "J, Q, K" consists of 12 cards representing the 12 months of the year. Among the heads, K is the king (King), Q is the queen (Queen) and J is the soldier (Jack). Many experts in the field of card production said that the drawings on the J, Q, and K cards are all real characters.

K Heart is said to have taken an image from King Charlemagne. Charlemagne Charles the Great was king of the Franks (768-814), later crowned Emperor of Rome.

During his 14 years in office, he conducted more than 50 conquests, mastering more than half of the territory of Europe. On the first wooden engraving of Charlemagne, the chisel accidentally grazed his upper lip, causing his mustache to disappear. On the K-piece, the only king without a mustache is the image of King Charlemagne.

The K checkered card is Gaius Julius Caesar (100 - 44 BC) - a military and political leader of Rome.

Gaius Julius Caesar came from a noble family, once held the position of financial officer, judge, supervisor... In 49 BC, he led the army to capture Rome, establishing power in a dictatorship. . In 44 BC, he was murdered.

Caesar is one of the most influential people in the history of the world. He was an important person in converting the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.

The image of Caesar on the coins of the Roman Empire is slanted and of the 4 K pieces, only the K checker is inclined, holding an ax in his hand.

The image in the K card is Alexander the Great (356-323 BC). He was the 14th King of the Argead dynasty in the Kingdom of Macedonia, the son of King Philip II, but spent little time governing in his native Macedonia. At the age of 20, he inherited the throne and plotted to rule the world.

The spade card is King David. King David (1040 BC – 970) was a famous king of the united kingdom of Israel. He was good at playing the harp, and wrote so many hymns in the Bible that his drawings all featured a harp.

In addition, in another sermon, it was said that King David loved drama, so the costume he wore was theatrical costume.

History of Play More Cards Day

The first Play More Cards Day was created by the largest playing card manufacturer in the United States, Bicycle Cards, in 2013. Bicycle Cards has been producing cards since 1885.

Observing Play More Cards Day

To celebrate Play More Cards Day, there are many ways to play cards you can apply to play with your friends and relatives. Such as:

Play style Go Up

It can be said that, among the 52-card playing styles, This Go Up is the most popular and popular style of playing. With Advance, a standard game of 4 will be played, each player will be dealt 13 cards. With this style, the smallest card is 3 spades, the largest is 2 Hearts. Accordingly, the substances have a descending order. To form a pair, the player needs to have 2 of the same cards, a growing set of cards called the lobby. The big hall crushes the small hall, the big couple catches the small one.

In the Up hand, 4 cards of the same number are called quarters. These four quarters can cut the 2. Keep playing like this until all cards are exhausted. The first person to finish will be the winner.

Play Style

Play Style is also one of the popular 52-card playing styles. With this game, each player will be dealt 8 cards. When the division is complete, you will pick up, which substance will be the master. This card will be placed in the center, the other deck will be face down and on top of the monarch.

According to the rules of the game, one ton of people are next to each other in a round. If the player hits any card, the receiver must draw another card with the condition that the number is larger and of the same suit. The other players attack the person being attacked with cards equal to the previous number. If the ton is lacking, pick up more in the set of face down exercises. A game ends when the player and 2 other players do not have cards of the same number.

This type of 52 card game can also be played by cards, 2 people facing each other is 1 raft. Playing this way will limit the weight of the person being attacked. The order of first and second will determine the winner.

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Play More Cards Day has been observed annually on February 22nd.


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Bicycle in 2013

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