Mahjong, anyone?


Played a new game today called “mahjong.”  It is an old Chinese game that I’ve seen many Jewish women playing. It is played with 144 tiles that have pictures/characters/numbers on them and is similar to playing rummy.  One plays with three other people.

The hard part of the game is knowing what goes with what…example:  bams go with other bams, cracks go with cracks, dots, with dots, and flowers with flowers.  There are also tiles for the four winds, N, S, E, W and green and red dragons.  There are also tiles called soaps…don’t know how to use them yet.

I played three games and only needed one tile when someone went out…with “mahjong.”

I liked the game.  The game board costs $8 and each person has her own.  You try to pick a set of pictures (on the game board)  to match with what you have…I changed patterns after the game started.

If you want to learn a game that a lot of women play, it is bridge.  But the second most played game is mahjong…so watch a game or go online and read about it or play it.  The only way to learn is to play it.

Games are an important part of growing old.  Playing them keeps the mind active and you sociable.

God Bless.


4 thoughts on “Mahjong, anyone?

      • Carolyn Karaszewski Vann

        I loved to play. I had brought my mother a set for Christmas one year & we played with my Aunt. When we came to Florida we could’t find anyone to play with us, so we played alone.I haven’t played since my Mom is gone. But if I ever move the South Florida I surly will be playing again. The card you were talking about use to cost 2 dollars & you got a new one each year. that has the pattens you work for. Sometimes you change your hand several times in a game. The soaps are used in the pattens.

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