"You can't play it with a hangover and you can't play it sober," said Shukhuti villager, Lena Xvinoishvili. Same thing applies to writing about it....
There is no referee, because there are no rules.
There are no time-outs and no limit to the number of participants, although children are discouraged.
The game is called lelo, and, despite periodic attempts to ban it, it has been played since time immemorial exclusively in this western Georgian village every year on Orthodox Easter Sunday.
"If you fall on the asphalt, we stop the game to help you up – sometimes," says Dursun Abkhadze, Shukhuti's octogenarian blacksmith and a former lelo competitor.
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