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Ap jon, ap jon by Careen J. Langstieh

"Ap jon, ap jon,

thung soh 'riew,

ka miaw, ka ksew.

Ka mat ia thung,

ka mat ia thung.

Yn bret lut sha khyndew.


"Ap-jon" or "Ap-jan" is a favourite children's pastime played with as many participants present. It involves pinching each other's hands one on top of each other to make a ladder-like formation. The rhyme is then sung while rocking the chain of hands up and down. The song ends with 'phurrrr' which signals letting go of the hands and immediately is followed by children tickling each other. When I was little, I always knew who was going to give me the sharpest pinch so I'd try to put my other hand on top of that kid's hand to counter myself. But we carry no grudges because in the end we would end up laughing hysterically by tickling each other.

"Ap jon, ap jon" sent by @careenjoplinlangstieh 😄😄😄 This is a beautiful art piece on the childhood game! 🤩🤩🤩❤️❤️👏👏
"Ap jon, ap jon" is a childhood game that most Khasi children will know. Like the post says it is a popular pastime during play. Remember those painful pinches with voices anticipating the tickles at the end? 😅😂 Khublei shibun Kong @careenjoplinlangstieh for this entry! ❤️🤍💜💙

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