A group of British colonial officials and expatriates in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia started Hashing in the year 1938. They initially started a running club called the Hash House Harriers. They decided the name for their group after their meeting place, the Selangor Club, informally known as the "Hash House."
Following the traditional British paper chase game known as “Hare and Hounds" played by the English schoolboys, the Hash House Harrier series was devised. Initially, it was started as a Monday cross-country run to sober up the officials after the weekend’s party. The group would meet up at a restaurant nicknamed the “Hash House” where they could immediately resume partying.