We all love playing cards, don’t we?
Cards have a long history! Our modern playing cards evolved into a deck of 52 cards with four suits in red and black and with two Jokers by making a journey that took hundreds of years and involved traveling through many countries. In fact, the most significant elements that shaped today’s deck were produced by the different cultures and countries that playing cards traveled through in order to get to the present day.
- Scholars believe that playing cards were invented in China during the Tang dynasty around the 9th century AD.
- Historians have suggested that suits in a deck were meant to represent the four classes of Medieval society.
- Cups and chalices (modern hearts) might have stood for the clergy; swords (spades) for the nobility or the military; coins (diamonds) for the merchants; and batons (clubs) for peasants.
- France started producing modern-day 52 card deck and supplying it to the world and Britain
- Post-French Revolution, Ace became the highest card in the deck
Most people enjoyed great games of rummy, poker, and bridge with their family during the COVID-19 crisis. Playing cards not only help kill time but also boosts your cognitive skills.
Rummy, which is a popular game to build math skills in young children, has many formats which are popular – 10 cards, 13 cards, 21 cards, 27 cards and there is a new format called Kitty about which we will talk about in our upcoming blogs.