A group of players sit in a circle, facing inward, while another player, the 'picker' (a.k.a. the 'fox'), walks around tapping or pointing to each player in turn, calling each a 'duck' until finally picking one to be a 'goose'. The 'goose' then rises and chases and tries to tag the 'picker', while the 'picker' tries to return to and sit where the 'goose' had been sitting. If the picker succeeds, the 'goose' is now the new picker and the process begins again. If the 'goose' succeeds in tagging the picker, the goose may return to sit in the previous spot and the 'picker' resumes the process.
How to play:
A group of people sit in a circle facing inward. One person is chosen to be "it." That person walks around the circle tapping on each player's head while saying "duck." When the person who's "it" decides on whom to pick that he wants to chase them, he says "goose" instead of "duck." The "goose" chases "It" around the circle until "It" reaches the goose's spot. If the "goose" tags the "It" they have to sit in the center of the circle (the "Mush Pot" or "Stew Pot") until someone else is tagged. If the "goose" does not tag "It" the game starts all over and the "goose" is now "It."
There is also a version called I Wrote a Letter to My Mother, where the handkerchief is imagined as a letter being accidentally dropped. This version has a song which goes:
The Marathi version of this song is "Maazhya aaiche patra harawla, te malaa saapadla".
The Rag Tag version is the standard game in France where it is called jeu du mouchoir (handkerchief game). The same is true for Germany, where it is called Plumpsack (plop sack), and for Poland, where it is called Mam chusteczkę haftowaną (I got a knitted cloth).
When the 'goose' is picked, the 'picker' runs in one direction of his or her choice around the circle, while the 'goose' runs in the other direction. The first person who gets to the vacant space rejoins the circle, while the other person becomes the 'picker'.
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