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Cool Games You Can Play Together with Family on any festival!

Interesting and cool games that you can play along with your family during any festival


BadmintonBadminton is a racquet and shuttlecock based game. Fun fact: the game has its origin in British India. You can play doubles (a group of two people) or singles (single player). You have to score points by heating the shuttlecock with the racquet. You win if the other person is unable to hit it back at you.

You can also play Hanetsuki. It is played with a wooden paddle (hagoita) and bright shuttlecock. In case you do no have a wooden paddle, you can replace it with some sort of notebook or simply use badminton or tennis racquet. Hit the shuttle cock back and forth. The person who fails to hit it back gets his face marked with Indian Ink (which, really, originated in China) but you can use any ink as long as it is not harmful or permanent.

Seeing the increase in mosquitoes in India, you might consider playing hanetsuki more once you realize why traditionally Japanese played it. It was believed that the more the shuttlecock stayed in the air, the greater the protection from mosquitoes the players received in the year.

Flying Kite

Flying Kite, colourful kite

How to make a kite?

Things you will need:

  1. Square or diamond shaped paper preferably a card stock paper or something thicker.
  2. Tape
  3. Glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Ribbon
  6. Twine
  7. Two bamboo dowels: one with the same size as your paper and the other with an extra inch.
  8. Toilet paper roll

Fold your paper in diagonal half. Crease and open it up once again. Place the short dowel in the crease and tape it. Take the longer dowel and tape it to the other side of the paper (i.e., the side which does not already have a dowel). Tape one end, only. Make an arc out of the long dowel, tape to keep the shape of the arc. Chip of excess tape from the edges. Take your ribbon and glue now. Cut the ribbon to appropriate size. Stick it to the shorter dowel. Tail is necessary to keep your kite stable during strong winds. To the two sides of the longdowel, tie the twine. Once dried it is read to fly. Roll twine around the toilet paper role for easy reeling in and out.

How to play?

Stand up in the opposite direction of the wind. You should hold the kite by the bridle point. In case of sufficient wind, the kite will fly by itself. Otherwise, take assistance of anyone. The helper is supposed to take the kite downwind, holding it up and on your command, release it. Otherwise, you can rest the kite against something like a wall or buses. Roll out. Anyway, after the kite flies a bit pull in as the kite begins to climb. Keep on doing this until the kite gains some altitude and drifts.

Your aim is to cut as many kites as you can. Have a bet to see who can cut the most!

Board games

Board games

A board game can be played anywhere and everywhere. There are two types of board games prevalent around the world: one which requires strategy and the other which requires luck. Strategy games include chess, checkers, monopoly while games like Ludo, snake and ladder are based upon chance. Often you only need a sheet of paper and pencil to play a game like tic Tac toe. Since it is a great opportunity to teach kids about Indian history, you might consider opting for board games found in India or originating in India. You can also play various card games.

Here are few games you might consider playing:

  1. Chinese Checkers
  2. Blackjack
  3. Cluedo
  4. Ludo
  5. Candy Land
  6. Snake and Ladders
  7. Tic tac toe
  8. Chess
  9. Backgammon
  10. Carrom
  11. Monopoly
  12. Scotland Yard
  13. Ganjifa
  14. Hanafuda
  15. Konane
  16. Pachisi
  17. Scrabble
  18. Pictionary
  19. Battleship
  20. Life
  21. Solitaire

Dumb charades
Dumb charades

In the game of dumb charades, you have to guess the name of the film or book or whatever while the other person does movements to help you guess it. They can not speak or point out the alphabets. Thus, depending on the movements. Often resulting in hilarious results. Irrespective of who wins, it is a fun game where everyone enjoys the process irrespective of whether they are taking part or not.

First of all, decide the signals for common elements. Like, show of fingers designating the amount of words (two fingers for two words, five for five words).

Then decide the signals for language. As India is a multilingual country, decide signals to designate various languages. Thumbs up, thumbs up, thumbs pointing to right and left… you can use other signals, too.

For Hollywood, Bollywood, Tollywood, etc. designate more signals. Pointing to the eye might mean Bollywood, sticking out tongue could mean Hollywood and so on.

After you have decided the signals, you can create two or as many groups as you like with equal or almost equal number of people. Have someone keep points, too.

One person in a group, say A, is going to be given the name of a movie or whatever by saying, group B. This person has to enact the names while Group A guesses. Upon guessing the correct answer, group A is rewarded with points. You can have penalties if you wish and of course, a winning prize!

Some tough bollywood and hollywood film names are:

  • Dolly ki Doli
  • Sharafat Gay Tel Lene
  • Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya
  • Children of War
  • Fugly
  • Babbloo Happy Hai
  • Shadhi ke Side Effects
  • Luv Shuv De Chicken Khurana
  • Khosla ka Ghosla
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Harold and Kumar- Go to White Castle
  • Schindler’s List
  • Tango Charlie
  • Via Darjeeling
  • Mr. ya Ms.
  • Night in a Museum (or Museum ke andar phas gaya sikander)

And there you go! Five amazing and fun new year games to play with the family. You can play these games with people of all ages and gender. Just keep the bad elements at bay. There is already enough entropy going on in the universe. You do not need it in your life. Forget all your ailments with these fabulous games!