How do you play the card game Canasta?

The game of Canasta is said to have originated in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1939 From there it spread to Argentina, the USA and throughout the world. It was extremely fashionable in the 1950's, threatening for a while to displace Bridge as the premier card game. The rules were standardised in North America around 1950, and it was this version of the game, known as Classic Canasta that gained worldwide popularity. In many countries, Classic Canasta is still played in more or less its original form, sometimes alongside a number of variations. Follow the link below this answer to find the rules for canasta and many other card games.