National Dice Day December 4


Each year on December 4th, people across the United States celebrate National Dice Day.  There are many games that dice are a part of and there are games with just the dice, so to celebrate National Dice Day, choose your favorite one and play away!
Typically dice are thrown onto a flat surface either from the hand or a dice cup.  The value of the throw is determined by the uppermost face of the die after it has come to a rest.  One popular dice game is craps where wagers are made on the total value of the throw of the dice.  Frequently used in board games, dice are used to randomize a players moves, commonly by deciding the distance a piece will move on a board.  Popular board games using dice are backgammon and Monopoly.

The origin of dice is uncertain however it is known that they have been around for thousands of years.  At the Burnt City, an archaeological site in south-eastern Iran, the oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set.

Dice were originally made from the talus (ankle bone) of hoofed animals.
Ivory, wood and plastics are other materials used in making dice.

Happy Rollin’

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Dice Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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