National Dice Day:
Celebrated annually on every December 4th, the National Dice Day is dedicated to honoring one of the ancient gaming tools – the Dice! It has been used by many gamers to make simple board games more challenging and fun! Let’s pay tribute to these little ones who have given us some amazing childhood memories!
Related: Other National Days Celebrated on December 4th:
Why Dice Day?
Dice are a popular gaming tool for kids and adults too. They come in different sizes and colors. With many great board games available today, the Dice add randomness and suspense for the players and the game!
The Dice has been used for thousands of years for various purposes. However, we do not exactly know their origin. The earliest known evidence was found at an archeological site, the Burnt City in south-eastern Iran where a backgammon set was dated 5000 years old.
Dice, the plural form of Die, were originally made out of bones, stones, wood, Ivory, and Ceramics. Until the 20th century, the most common dice were made from bones. Today we can see the dice in many different materials but most commonly in plastic and synthetic Resin.
Traditionally the Dice are cubes and all the 6 faces are marked with dots to represent the numbers one to six respectively. However, you can find dice with hexagon, octagon, etc to add more randomness and higher numbers to the game!
The players usually throw the dice from the hand or a bowl onto a flat surface. The top face value is considered to play a game. Depending on the game, you can use one or two dice.
The number that results from the throwing of the dice tells the number of steps you will have to take to move forward.
The Dice are used in other games such as trading card games, role-playing, and wargames too. They have been part of everyone’s life at some phase or another. It is an amazing way to add fun to your boring holidays or when you want to take a break from your gadgets.
Thus these randomness inducing fun tools that have contributed to many memorable games and moments with family and friends surely deserve a day for itself.
How Can We Observe National Dice Day?
- Play a game that uses dice!
This National Dice Day take time to play board games offline or online that use the dice. You can play with the children in your family or spouse to celebrate the day!
- Have a Dice Day party!
What is a celebration without a party? Invite your close friends and family over and have healthy competition over different games that use the dice/ a die.
- Share about National Dice Day on Social Media
Give this day a shout out for all the amazing dice that have been part of our game memories. Share your favorite dice game memory on social media and encourage friends and family to share their favorite memories or play a game with dice to celebrate National Dice Day! Use Hashtags #NationalDiceDay and #DiceDay to share on social media.
- Start a Dice collection
If you are fond of the dice for their varied colors, shapes, and materials that they come in don’t hesitate to start your Dice collection today! If you already have dice collected, post a picture on social media today!
- Use Dice to add to the decor
Dice are cute, and you can use them to decorate your homes and office during all the holiday seasons. Hang them or stick them! With many variations, you plan various themes to show off your dice collection. Get creative with your dice and celebrate the National Dice Day!
Interesting Facts About National Dice Day:
Here are few fun facts surrounding the Dice to add to your National Dice Day celebrations!
- The origin of Dice isn’t known
- The dots on the Die have a name, they are called “pips”
- The Disdyakis triacontahedron Dice comes with 120 sides
- Your pencil’s end could fit the worlds smallest die
- Costing $17,925, the Roman glass die is the world’s costliest die
- Most of the dice used at Casinos were handmade before machines produced them and were not fairly weighted
- Spherical dice exist.
History Of National Dice Day:
The Origin and founder of National Dice Day are unknown as per our research. There are no congressional or Presidential claims declaring it to be an official national holiday. Folks in America celebrate it as a fun holiday!