Being Chinese New Year the biggest celebration in Chinese Calendar, this season known as the Mid Autumn Festival is next. In Chinese Culture and Tradition, we celebrate the end of the “Ghost Month” to ward off bad vibes and unncessary spirits. Aside from giving out different variants of mooncake, we also celebrate by playing dice games.
This Game is a game of chance that depends on the combination of your thrown dice. Every combination corresponds to a level and prizes.
Every year, around September or October, families and friends gather to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. The day usually consists of a lunch or a dinner together, then a dice game afterwards.
For our family, I usually take charge of what prizes to include in the game. We just set a budget per person then go from there. We deduct the budget for food and spend the rest for prizes. This has already evolved, before, our prizes just consisted of hopias.
How to play? It’s so easy. There are a total of 6 dice. You throw it on a ceramic bowl and wait for the combination to appear.
There are 6 levels of prizes:
The Chong Guan is the highest of them all. Minimum combination to get is 4 fours then it gets higher and higher. If you get 6 fours then you are a very lucky person as you could wipe all the prizes, but of course, too much of everything is bad. So some break the bowl and just get the Grand Prize, then they continue the game for everyone to get the other prizes.
2nd Prize. Here you could either throw a combination of 3 each of 2 same numbers or a series of 1 2 3 4 5 6.
3rd Prize. The combination you need is 3 fours.
4th Prize. You need to throw a combination of 4 same numbers (except four).
5th Prize. 2 of the easy ones to get. 2 fours.
6th Prize. The easiest of them all. All you need is 1 four.
For a detailed post on how to play the dice game, read here.
So there! Go organize your own dice game now! It’s super easy to play and so fun! For adults and kids alike!