Playing Bingo is one of the most popular spare time activities on the globe. The way the game is played can be different depending on which part of the world or which country you happen to be at. In today’s article, we are going to talk about what Bingo is like in Jamaica. Let’s take a closer look:
Things are quite interesting over there. The most notable difference is that much of it is homemade. The cards aren’t what we are used to over here. A lot of the time they are either made of very thin bamboo paper or carved onto the table. Even more fascinating is how the numbers are covered. Mostly with pebbles collected from outside. Or even tree leaves, at times. Instead of balls, people use pebbles with numbers drawn on them.
The so-called balls are placed in a bag, and a bingo caller announces them. Jamaican bingo is typically low budget, but the prizes are mostly money. The sums are not huge, but people love engaging in the game and don’t think about what they can get in return. Another fact about Jamaican bingo is that bingo events aren’t only about bingo. They are more like partying. There is lots of dancing, enjoying drinks and so on.
The numbers in the game have lots of meaning to them. Usually from the old times. For example, number four means ancient blood, number twelve giant head( sculpture), number nineteen means silver, and so forth. Notably, people are not too sure what the story behind the strange associations is.
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