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Cultural Games from Around the World

Cultural games from around the world, Led by Amy Robinson and Rachel Southern. Learn the game, history and try it for yourself.

Kabadi, national sport of Bangladesh and Nepal. A contact team sport originating from ancient India. There is a popular belief that Kabaddi originated in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, almost 4,000 years ago. The game is said to have had its inception in Ancient India where it was played all over in different forms. It became popular in Punjab as it was part of their martial traditions. It is popular in the Indian subcontinent and is the state game of the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and is the national sport of Bangladesh and was of Nepal until 2017.
Kabaddi is played between two teams of seven players. The object of the game is for a single player on offence, referred to as a "raider", to run into the opposing team's half of a court, tag out as many of their defenders as possible, and return to their own half of the court, all without being tackled by the defenders. Points are scored for each player tagged by the raider, while the opposing team earns a point for stopping the raider. Players are taken out of the game if they are tagged or tackled, but can be "revived" for each point scored by their team from a tag or tackle.

Catch the Dragon, This traditional Chinese game is great fun for the playground. You will need a large group of people - at least 10, but the more the merrier! The players can be any age. Everyone forms a line with their hands on the shoulders of the person in front. The first in line is the dragon's head, the last in line is the dragon's tail. The dragon's head then tries to catch the tail by manoeuvring the line around so that he can tag the last player. All the players in the middle do their best to hinder the dragon's head. Don't let the line break! When the head catches the tail, the tail player takes the front position and becomes the new dragon's head. All the other players move back one position.

See below for game times.

Location: Sunken Moat

10:30 – 11:00, Kabadi
11:30 – 12:00, Nafoot (Ten Ten)
12:30 – 13:00, Catch the Drangon
13:30 – 14:00, Kabadi
14:30 – 15:00, Nafoot (Ten Ten)
15:30 – 16:00, Catch the Drangon

Catch the Dragon
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