Hold a family game session of Snakes & Ladders, known as Parama Padam. Make the traditional game board at home with this Do-It-Yourself video guide. The online session is part of the Indian Heritage Centre’s series of videos on heritage games and crafts which will be aired this month and next.
Other games and activities on the playlist include the traditional art of Rangoli (above) – a vibrant floor mural traditionally arranged using rice powder dye, beans or seeds – and Pallanguzhi, a mancala (or count and capture) game played with a wooden board and shells. Players use arithmetic skills and strategic thinking to win all the shells on the board.
Learn about the origins of Japanese cuisine, from vegetarian meals influenced by Buddhism in the Kofun period (from about 300 to 538 AD) to the four ingredients used to brew sake, introduced in the Nara period (710 to 794 AD).
Spoiler: Legend has it that green tea was discovered when tea leaves fell into an emperor’s pot of hot water.