Marhabaan Ya Aisdiqa
S my name is Saba
I live in Sakakah, Saudi Arabia
My friend’s name is Sharif
We like to play Ghommemah
We speak Arabic
And now we’ll say “Wadaeaan“
The “It”player in Ghommemah is blindfolded. The players run around and call out to “It” while “It” chases them. When he tags a player someone, he must guess who it is. If he guesses correctly, that player becomes the tagger. If not, then the game continues.
Traditional Games in Saudi Arabia
Welcome to my 2019 Blogging A-Z Challenge. Each day in the the month of April (except Sundays), I will bring you a memory of games and a jump rope song. It is similar to the classic A My Name Is… Do you recognize the chant? A world of children will greet their friends and skip through the alphabet alliterating their name, a friend’s name, and their home city. They will also state their country, the language they speak, and their favorite game. Descriptions of the games are included. I chose games that are played on playgrounds or streets where children negotiate their teams and terms. You may recognize your favorite games that differ only in name. As the alphabet progresses, it becomes apparent that the pursuit of laughter and fun are universal.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.