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Traditional Games Played by Different Nations

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We all play games for fun, but their content and rules differ from country to country. Gambling games at online casino CA sites can be considered an exception to this because they are the same all over the world, but each culture has its own games. Have you ever wondered what they are? In this article, we talk about traditional games in different countries.

Watermelon Chess

This game originated in Hangzhou, China, and is very popular, especially among children. Don't let the name mislead you because it has nothing to do with classical chess. To play, you have to draw a melon-shaped circle and place five tiny circles inside it. Each of these tiny circles connects each other with lines and represents areas where players can place/move their pawns. Pawns can be anything: children often use coins.

Each player has 6 pawns, and these pawns can only move on the lines connecting the tiny circles. However, for this, the opponent's pawn must not be on that line. If a pawn is besieged from all sides and cannot move, it is out of the game. The goal is to leave only two pawns in the opponent's hand: the player who can do this is considered the winner.

Pass the Parcel

This is a game played in the United Kingdom and we can say that it is the favourite pastime of children, especially at Christmas time. To play, you first need a gift: it can be anything. You wrap the gift and continue this until you have multiple layers. So, the gift is wrapped multiple times – the more, the better.

One of the players starts to sing a song or play music. Other players continue to hand over the pack as long as the music continues. When the music stops, the player holding the gift unwraps one of the layers. After that, the music starts playing again and this cycle continues until the last layer. The player who can reach the packaged gift wins the game.

Ten - Ten

This game, which requires no materials or equipment, is very common among children in Nigeria. Ten-Ten is a simple and fun game: it's kind of “rock, paper, scissors”. When the game starts, two players come face to face and start saying "ten". The rhythm of this keeps increasing and they are clapping their hands at the same time. When they say "ten" for the last time, both players extend their feet towards the other player.

You can think of it like this: “ten, ten, ten, ten… ten!”. If both players have extended a different leg, the game is considered a draw. If they have extended the same leg, the player who starts the game by saying "ten" for the first time is considered the winner.

Pittu Garam

The origins of this game, which appeared in Pakistan, are quite old and it is also played in Middle East countries. All you need is seven pieces of stone to stack, a ball, and some chalk. A tower is formed by stacking the stones on top of each other and a circle is drawn around this tower with chalk. This circle defines the boundaries of the playing field.

Players divide into teams of three and start throwing the ball at the tower from a certain distance. If they can knock a stone, there are two possibilities: the stone may end up inside or outside the circle. These two possibilities have different points, and as you can imagine, falling outside the circle leads to more points. The winning team gets the right to throw the ball to the other team, and the rest of the game is played like dodgeball. The team that wins the dodgeball round has the right to rebuild the tower and make the first throw – this cycle continues for as long as the kids want it to.

Il Lupo Mangiafrutta

This is a game that originated in Italy and is still very popular, especially in rural areas: you can see large groups of children playing il lupo mangiafrutta at all hours of the day. At the beginning of the game, one of the players is chosen as the “wolf”. Next, three areas are determined on the playing field: the players' area, the home, and the wolf's area. (Home falls in the middle of the two.)

The game begins after the players and the wolf have moved to the areas reserved for them. Each of the players has to say a fruit name. The wolf should keep all of this in mind. When this is complete, it's the wolf's turn, and the wolf calls out the name of a fruit. The player corresponding to that fruit starts running towards the home zone – the wolf has to catch them before this happens. If the player reaches the home zone, the wolf is considered to have lost. If the wolf catches the player, then they became the wolf for the next round. Different variants of this game can be seen almost everywhere in Italy, but this is the most common variant.