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Traditional Punjabi Games

These games are being played by Punjabi kids from centuries:

Stapoo
This is a game played both by the girls and boys. It is still common amongst some of the children. This game is played with in small boundary (court), drawn on the ground and a piece of stone.

Kikli
This is another game, basically for women. Two girls clasp their hands and move in circle. This was a game, which was played by two or four girls and multiple of two thereof.
Kikli kleer di,
Pag mere vir de,
Daupatta mere bhai da
Phitte mun jawai da

Kokla Chhapaki
This game is popular even today amongst the children. Both boys and girls play it. Children sit in a circles and a child who has cloth in hand goes around the circle-singing: It is a kind of warning for the children sitting in a circle not to look back. The cloth is then dropped at the back of a child. If it is discovered before the child who had placed it there had completed the round, the child who discovered the cloth would run after him and try to touch him with it till he sits in the place vacated by the one who had discovered the cloth.

Lukan Miti (Hide & Seek)
This was also played by both boys and girls and continues to this day. Two teams can also play this. One has to hide, the other has to seek but before doing it a call is given.This can continue the next coming days.

Bandar killa
This game is also very popular in villages of Punjab.This is played between severals kids,in this game One Key player(bandar) is tied to killa(pole) and then all the other players place their chappals(hawaian sandal) near the pole and the key Player (Bandar) has to protect those sandals from all the players .And during this competition if the key player touches other player then that player becomes key player(bandar) and the game goes on ….

Lak Bhannan
This game refreshes the charming memories of one’s childhood and it takes one back to the golden period of his/her life. There is a big trend of this game in the villages of Punjab. The game does not require any special equipment except for a rubber ball and few kids. In this game the person having the ball tries to throw ball at the other players back.

Pithhoo-Garam
This game is also an exclusive part of the culture of Punjab. The game refreshes the charming memories of one’s childhood and it takes one back to the golden period of his/her life. There is a big trend of this game in the villages of Punjab. The game does not require any special equipment except for a rubber ball and five-six flat disc stones. The importance of the game is that it generates a lot of team spirit and co-ordination among the young children.

Langra Sher
This game is very popular among the village kids of punjab.In this game players draw a circle and one player have to reside in a circle on his one leg only and by keeping the balance on his one leg he has to touch other players while residing in a circle.If the player in a circle is successful in touching another player then that player comes in circle and becomes “Langra Sher”.

Gulli Danda
This is basically a game for the boys and is the simplest version of modern cricket. It is played with a wooden stick and ‘gulli’ (another small wooden piece pointed at both the ends.) Two teams divide themselves, one throws the gulli and the other team uses the danda- (stick) to strike it. There are various other games that are played with Gulli Danda.

Akkar-Bakkar
Akkar bakkar bombai bo
assee nabay pooray sao
sao kalota teetar mota
chal madaree paysa khota..
Khote Di Khteyai
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