Jhulan Yatra is one of the most important festivals for the followers of Lord Krishna celebrated in the month of monsoon (generally Bengali month “Sravan”). It is one of the most popular religious occasion of the Vaishnavas. Jhulan Yatra has been inspired from the swing pastimes of Sri Krishna and his consort Radha during their fable romance in the idyllic pastoral groves of Vrindavan.
Jhulan is known for its spectacular display of decorated swings, song and dance.
But Jhulan is memorable to me since my childhood days. Jhulan Yatra was meant for creations where we could construct miniature landscape with the talent of art, craft, decoration and of course imagination. We used to create mountains with old clothes (after dirtying with Soil), create roads with Sand and create pond with Glass. The mountain used to be crowded with grass, trees and animals. The road were populated with cars, traffic police, traffic signal. The lands were used to be prepared with soil, grass etc. There used to be special preparation to collecting/purchasing dolls as per setting the desired landscape. It was complete imagination and every day we used to change the situations. We used to put plastic fish below the glass to create the effect. This was nothing but the present versions of Visualizations.
These are not interesting for the kids than the Mobile Games?
I was curious. Yesterday was the kick-off day of the same. My family was reluctant to execute the same due to dirt etc. There were no enthusiasm from the kids as well since they did not experience it earlier. In effect, I was demoralized and did not do anything. But thought the day I searched Google and found no clue if present generation is aware of it and I was sensing we are gradually losing our glorious past.
During return I found in Facebook one of my brother initiated the same in his home for her daughter (I found that was the only post in this category) and yes I was getting charged up.
In the late evening I decided to initiate it and finally did it in a small way. But interestingly my kids liked it and found them getting engaged and started putting their imagination. And I was delighted as my intention clicked.
What about yours? Did you try with your kids? If not try it today.