In your honor
No time limits, no rules, an indiscriminate number of players—let’s play Lelo! The game is a no-holds-barred combination of wrestling and rugby that is very popular in south-western Georgia. Every Easter Sunday, the residents of Shukhuti remember their dead by playing this ancient game.
Victory not only means beat your opponent. Victory is a tribute to those who are no longer with them. The ball is given as a offering to a deceased villager and placing it on his grave after the match.
Lelo is a sport, and a tradition, but most of all it’s about passion, strength, faith and devotion.