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Often a draw for people who are interested in stick fencing, spinning sticks, self-defense, traditional Indian arts, and even fire play, Silambam incorporates a variety of weapons as well as grace and power. 

Cultivating and promoting sustainable knowledge of Indian traditions, World Silambam Day raises awareness about and promotes the form of martial arts that originated in the Tamil Nadu region of South India.

History of World Silambam Day

Silambam has a background that can be traced back to more than 2000 years, at least to the 4th century BC. The name derives from the Tamil term silam, which means “hill”, as well as the term bamu, which relates to a specific type of bamboo that is used to make the primary weapon used in Silambam, the bamboo staff.

Though this is an ancient craft, the World Silambam Association (WSA) is a more recent development. This NGO acts as the official international body for Silambam and was founded in 1999, eventually becoming recognized by the United Nations and now boasting more than 25 member countries on five continents throughout the globe.

The goal of the association is to establish Silambam in both traditional and modern sport games, grouping it along with other similar activities as a way to promote the sport and expand its reach. Plus, this sport also works to preserve this important part of the culture from South India.

World Silambam Day acts as an annual celebration of—and opportunity to—raise awareness for the sport, fostering the hope that it might eventually become an Olympic Sport!

How to Celebrate World Silambam Day

Show some support, get cultured and have some fun by getting involved with various events and activities for World Silambam Day, including some of these:

Learn More About Silambam 

For those who are new to the idea of Silambam, a great way to get started celebrating World Silambam Day might be to get a bit more acquainted with the sport. Get involved by checking out and then sharing some of these fun facts all about Silambam:

  • Compared to other martial arts, the training for Silambam is fairly rigorous, starting with footwork and moving on to other techniques

  • Silambam fighters use a number of techniques to knock down their opponents with their weapons, called locks or poottu

  • The staffs used in Silambam are made from bamboo that is immersed in water and strengthened by beating it on the surface of water and they may also have metal rings on the tips

  • In the 1950s and 1960s, many films from M.G. Ramachandran features scenes that incorporated Silambam fighting to bring modern popularity to this ancient martial arts form

Watch Silambam

One way to celebrate World Silambam Day and to show appreciation for this unique form of martial arts might be to see it in action! It might be fun to try to watch it live at a local martial arts school or by attending a special Silambam championship or other event. Or if it isn’t possible to see something in person, get online and check out some different videos on YouTube or other channels that show the sport being played.

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