Gasing means ‘top’ in Malay. It is a traditional game that was popular back in the kampong (village) days. Gasings are usually made from wood. They come in a variety of shapes and colours. The objective of the game is to keep the top spinning for as long as possible. The player whose top spins the longest wins.
Gasing contests were held in conjunction with the rice-ripening season. Kampong folks believed that the spinning tops would help bring in a good harvest. Although children can play the game, Gasing competitions are usually the reserve of adults as it takes a lot of skill to compete professionally.