(Last Updated on : 01-03-2014)
Braided with its magic and charm, Sikkim is indeed a magic land where effervescence drops her splendor almost everywhere. The climate, the scenic beauty and above all the innocent people of Sikkim further contours to the magic of the state. Games and amusement indeed delineates the life of the people in Sikkim. Games like archery, majong and the dice game are very popular.
This is a much loved outdoor game and is played during the festival months of December and January. The bows and arrows are made of bamboo and the targets each measuring about 30 by 100 cm are kept at the end of the range which is usually 100 metres in length. 11 archers constitute each team with each participant shooting 2 arrows. The method of calculating scores is quite complex as arrows that land close to the target also win points. The team that first scores 33 points wins the match. Spectators and team members stand along the range and dodge misfired arrows with dexterity.
This is actually a dice game of Chinese origin and this is very popular in Sikkim.
Chawri or dice
This is a very popular dice game and is played using two dices which are shaken in a wooden bowl which is then upturned on a leather strap with a loud thump and a shout. The score is kept using small sea shells which are known as chawris.
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