Tambola Games with a Holi Theme
Bringing you 5 innovative Tambola Games with a Holi Theme. The word Kitty Party brings to mind lavish do’s in five-star hotels with women dressed to the nines, playing cards and sipping wine. But I beg to differ as our Kitty group is totally opposite. The word ‘kitty’ meant to pool money for certain card games. Later, the women started raising fix amount of money according to their pocket.
But our Tambola Kitty is just a fun party with unique Tambola games usually based on a theme followed by a buffet lunch. There is no kitty money in this. We pay a certain amount for the lunch and games every time.
We are 58 ladies in the group; yes you read right not 10 or 20 but 58 and it is usually organised by 5 different ladies and held at noon on a monthly basis. Everyone is punctual as there is a lucky dip at 12.30 for 2 lucky ladies who arrive before 12.30. It is a simple kitty Party; there is NO gossip about other’s lives, no bitching, no hurtful words, no arguments.Some light hearted moments, tambola games that we especially made for them to play. Lots of good food, snacks, beverages and starters and dessert.
You just form a group with likeminded people and it is actually a good way for women to bond with other women from same background and age group. Don’t you think?
The other day it was our groups turn to host the kitty and we were in a flurry of activity deciding our dresses more than anything else first. On our trip to Egypt we had bought the Egyptian Galebias and five of us decided to wear them. The next day was Holi so we based our décor and games on the Holi theme.
Tambola Games with a Holi Theme
Finding interesting and stimulating games is not easy every time and a lot of brainstorming and research is involved in deciding the games. (Did you think kitties were frivolous? Think again!)But we did come up with 5 simple but really innovative games. Firstly, we formed 6 groups of 8 ladies in each and they were named after different colours. Just make different colour cards and let each pick up one from a bag and sit at the particular coloured table.
The first game was Luck By Chance. Distribute two tickets to each and every member at the tables. Behind the ticket numbers from 0 to 9 are written. For example, the ticket above has the number 7 on the back. So, what you do is you tick out all numbers that have seven in it. The top ticket has 37, 47, 71 and 87 while the second ticket has only 17 and 74. So strike them out and play the game as it is. Tambola numbers are called out as usual and these numbers are counted as ticked even though they are not called out.
The dividends for this game were as follows….
Young ..all numbers below 50
Old…..all numbers above 50
Lovebirds..2 numbers side by side
Twin Ladders.. Two ladders in one ticket
The next game was Katti – Batti or Pachi-Pandu as we call it here. These are two symbolic gestures used by children to indicate they are friend or enemy to each other. Katti means like unfriending your best friend from Facebook and Batti means after few days sending him friend request again after fight gets resolved.
So, if there are 7 ladies at a table, you give seven tickets. Three same coloured tickets with Pachi written on each, 2 pairs of different colours each with Pandu written on them. Each one picks up a ticket. Those who pick up Pachi tickets play the Tambola alone as usual. But those with the Pandu tickets play as a pair. For example, if the dividend is Jaldi 5 then if one amongst them checks 3 numbers and the other two they can claim it. So those with the Pachi tickets are at a disadvantage while the Pandu have the advantage.
The dividends need to be simple for this game.
1 number in every vertical…total 9 numbers should be struck
Star…four corners and center number of center line
Game 3 was a fast and easy game called Guess the Numbers. On a six ticket page, we crossed out 12 numbers…2 in each ticket (use a
The fourth game is called Twinning Game. Each player gets a 6 ticket page to play. The coins are divided into two bowls; from 1 to 45 and 46 to 90. There is no need for a board. The caller takes out one coin each from the two bowls and calls out. For example, she calls out 12 from the below 45 bowl and 72 from the above 45 bowl. If anyone has both these numbers in a single ticket they win an amount. We gave 100/- each to the first 25 players who won. Isn’t this an interesting game? Let’s go twinning!
Finally to a very novel game; Ashta Chamma is a two- or four-player board game from Andhra. It is an Indian board game, played during the era of kings. I remember spending hours of my summer vacations playing with my cousins. It is like an ancient version of Ludo. It is played with cowries and when we didn’t have cowries we would split tamarind seeds and use them like dice. Anyway, here we are going to play Tambola with an Ashta Chamma board game ticket. Give each player a ticket on which there are 6 blank boxes. Give them sketch pens to write numbers in the grid and announce that they cannot cross or change those numbers
Ask them to fill the blanks with any 6 numbers from 0 to 9. If you have written the numbers; 2 8 6 9 3 0
The Host calls out number 63 then you write 63 in your start column. In this way, you move forward .
The dividends are Pink Pichkari, Green Pichkari, Blue Pichkari, Yellow
Pichkari, Purple Pichkari and Orange Pichkari.
The last square is the winning post. Have three Housies and finish your tambola games with a flourish.
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