Gilli Danda or Guli Danda, Lippa, S-Cianco, is a Traditional Amateur sport, popular among rural youth in the Indian subcontinent and southern Europe.
This ancient game is said to have evolved in India some 2000-2500 years ago. However, some people and sports enthusiasts think that the sport evolved in Europe, particularly in England. The sport is similar to baseball which is the most popular sport of America. On the other hand, Gilli-Danda is similar to cricket and even softball. In Galicia, a particular game is played known as bilharda. It is very much identical to gilli-danda. In Philippines, gilli-danda takes the form of a popular sport called syatong. People in the United States call this exciting game as pee-wee. In Italy, teenagers play a similar game known as lippa. People in Malaysia play an identical game to gilli-danda known as konda kondi. In Poland, an identical sport is played called klipa. Whatever may be the variations or similarities, gilli-danda has certainly grabbed the curiosity of people living in other areas of the globe.
Lots of fun
How to play ?
To play the game, one team uses the “danda” to hit one of the tapered ends of the “gilli” with force. This causes the “gilli” to flip through the air. While the “gilli” is airborne, the opposing team’s hitter attempts to smack it like one would as if playing cricket. The one who hits the “gilli” the farthest will wins.
Gilli Danda helps in improving hand eye coordination. It also fosters healthy competitive spirit and builds concentration power. Above all, it provides a mode of interaction with children in the similar age group.
Gillidanda” is played with two pieces of equipment – a danda, being a long wooden stick, and a gilli, a small oval-shaped piece of wood. It is played with four or more players of even numbers.
“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.”
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