National Card Playing Day - December 28
Thu, Dec 28, 2023

National Card Playing Day

On National Card Playing Day, people gather around a large table to enjoy their favorite pastime – gambling! Not only is it an entertaining activity, but also a useful one. Playing cards has been known to sharpen mathematical abilities, psychological skills, memory, and communication skills.


The origins of card playing are believed to date back to the 12th century in China, from which it spread to India and other countries. Initially, the cards contained drawings, animal figures, and images of deities. They were plates made of ivory, and the Tarot deck was created by Egyptian priests, who believed that the cards contained the wisdom of the universe, which could help predict a person’s fate.

The first references to cards in Europe can be found in documents from 1377 in Switzerland. Since then, gambling has been frequently banned, but people have always found loopholes and continued playing. When the cards arrived in a new country, they inevitably changed – each state made adjustments to the cards to reflect its national features, with the exception of the Tarot deck, which has remained unchanged since its creation.

National Card Playing Day is celebrated on December 28th, at the peak of the holiday season. This is the perfect opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and a game of cards.

Interesting facts

  • During World War II, the Bicycle Company created special decks of cards that were sent to American prisoners of war held by the Germans. When wet, these cards showed escape routes.
  • The Ace is the strongest card (in the absence of the Joker). Its name is derived from the old French word “ass”.
  • In the 14th century in France, the current appearance of these cards was created.

How to take part

On National Card Playing Day, you know just what to do! Organize a fun-filled party or a calm evening – it all depends on how tired you are. Get a brand new deck of cards, play new games or reminisce with old ones.

When is National Card Playing Day celebrated in 2023?

National Card Playing Day is observed on December 28 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday December 28 2023
Saturday December 28 2024
Sunday December 28 2025
Monday December 28 2026