Chhoung Game

Posted by IntoCambodia Team on 12 November 2017
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The Chhoung game is kind of game that young or elderly men and women in Cambodia always play at the night time in the Khmer New Year (April). There were divided into two, one male and one female group. There are 10 or 20 people standing in front of each other, separated by about 8 or 10 meters. They take a scarf or towel to tide into a ball with knots leaving a little tail called Chhoung for throwing to and back.
Chhoung Game

Playing activities as following:


Chhoung consists of two version of this game. One is the singing and dancing version and the other is free your partner game.


Singing and Dancing


To start off the game, the boys lob the Chhoung toward the girls for the girls to try to catch. If one of the girls managed to catch the Chhoung, the girl who catches it throws the Chhoung at a boy on the opposite line in an attempt hit him. More often than not, participants aim at the person on whom they have a crush. The boys are allowed to try to dodge the Chhoung, but they may not leave the line. If the girl does not hit anymore on the opposite line, then the game starts over with the boys again lobbying the Chhoung toward the girls. If the girl hits a boy with the Chhoung then the girl’s team calls Chhoung Awy Chhoung and demands a song or a dance from the other team. Everyone claps and helps out with singing.


Free Your Partner

This version is played in the same way as the singing and dancing version expect that when someone is hit by the Chhoung, they are captured by the other team. Sometimes the prisoners are used as shields to keep from getting hit! At first, the male side started off signing a song. The lyric of the Chhoung song is different according to the wisdom of the local singers. It is interesting to note that these traditional games are in fact constantly changing. This game is included in the practice of eye exercise, hand-paddling, recreation, sing, and dance.

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Reference
- ក្រុមជំនុំទំនៀមទំលាប់ (ចាប ពិន, ពេជ្រ សល់, លី ធាមតេង, ស្តើង ធូរ, ចាប នូ៖ជាងគំនូរ)
១៩៦៤, ល្បែងប្រជាប្រិយខ្មែរ, ល្បែងឈូង, ទំព័រទី០៤-០៧, ការផ្សាយរបស់ពុទ្ធសាសនបណ្ឌិត្យ, ភ្នំពេញ
- Sam, S. A. & Campbell, P. S. (1991) Silent Temples, Songful Hearts: Traditional Music of Cambodia, pg. 70