Sikkim, in the
north east of India.
December - January
Venue : Gangtok
The Archery of Sikkim
Archery is a favourite sport of the Lepchas and the Bhutias. They practice
archery as a game of sports with traditional bows and arrows made out of
bamboos. The sporting event usually takes place during winter at
and Kalimpong. Generally
the contest of archery is among two teams, who try to hit targets and try to
score maximum points.
Traditionally, archery in Sikkim was played after the harvests, a way for
villagers to get together in the inactive farming season. In the recent few
years, it has enjoyed a revival in Sikkim, an attempt to revive their
cultural identity. All archers wear traditional dress, the kho, in an
attempt to participate. Archers shoot to a small wooden target (3x1 ft),
kept at a distance of 130 m from the shooter.