Khmer New Year Games
After performing all rituals and customs to welcome the New Year, it's time to have some fun. Some physical activities become part of New Year celebrations.
Popular games played at the time of New Year in Cambodia are listed below:
In this game, a ball is thrown and caught with one hand while catching sticks (pens, chopsticks) with the other hand.
Played on the night of day one by group of boys and girls standing opposite to each other.
One group throws the Chol Chhoung (Khmer scarf ball) on the other and if someone gets hit by the ball then the whole group dances to get the Chhoung back while the other group sings.
Chab Kon Kleng
In this game, one imitates as a hen protecting her chicks from a crow. It is played on the first night of the New Year.
The crow tries to catch as many chicks as possible while both the groups sing a song of bargaining.
This game is played by the groups of boys and girls. Each group throws their angkunh (an inedible fruit seed) to hit the angkunh of the other group.
The winners must knock the knee of the losers with the angkunh.
It is mostly played by a group of children. They sit in a circle.
Someone holds a kanseng (Cambodian towel) twisted in a round shape and moves around the circle. The child moving around the circle secretly keeps the kanseng behind one of the children.
If the chosen child realizes the kanseng behind him then he must beat the person sitting next to him.
It is a game of two children. Ten holes are dug into a board in the ground . 42 stones are required to start the game.
Five stones are put into each of the two holes located at the tip of the board and four stones are put in the remaining holes. The first player takes all the stones from any selected hole and put them one by one in other holes. It must be repeated until the last stone is dropped into the hole besides the empty one. Then he must take all the stones into the hole next to the empty one. Similarly, second player starts playing the game and the game ends when all the holes are empty. The player with the maximum number of stones is the winner.