Games - Il-Passju

Game presented by : FOPSIM - MT | Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion MALTA

Name: Il-Passju
Areas in which the Game / Sport is practised: Malta
Type of Game: Game of precision and ability
Number of Players: 2
Playing field: Street or courtyard
Goal: To successfully reach the number 9 and back before anyone else.
Origins: Unknown


In the Past village roads were mainly traffic free and children used to play games in the roads. One of the most popular games in Malta was ‘II-Passju’. This consisted of A chalk grid is drawn on the road, with boxes for the numbers 1 to 9. The nine numbers are said to represent the nine months of pregnancy Each child picks a stone or pebble and then has to throw their stone onto each numbered square, starting at number one. Once the stone lands on the correct number, the player then has to hop onto the corresponding square. Once that has been achieved, then the player moves onto the next number. If the player fails to aim the stone into the correct box, then that player is “out” and the game moves onto the next player. The winner is the player who successfully gets to number 9 before anyone else.

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