Being a millennial and born in India, I have had the opportunity to visit many traditional carnivals happened in India during my childhood, also known as baal mela (carnival for kids).
Although the times have changed drastically today, luckily, such carnivals still take place today, even though not as frequent as they used to. One such mela happens in Surajkund every year and I try my best to make a visit and indulge myself in the glory of traditional rides and games.
The carnival hosts many regional musicians from across India along with their traditional musical instruments. It is a great opportunity to get involve and dance to their tune, loosen your grip a bit and become one with the celebrations.
Among popular folk art, one is the puppet show (kathputli in Hindi). Originated in India, puppet shows have fascinated people from age group and from all over the world.
Talking about traditional things, soap bubble making has its own charm. It has evolved from a simple soap bottle to a soap bubble gun and it never fails to charm.
There are certain games which you will find only in such melas. For example, shooting the balloons with rifles and ring toss to win amazing prizes.
Take a deep breath and say your prayers because its time for some adventure. Apart from folk art and craft, competitive games, these melas are also know for their thrilling rides and kids and adults enjoy equally.
I have to stare at the giant wheel for few minutes as I gather courage to step into one of the carts.
As the sun paves way for the night, the carnival gets ready to appear in its full glory.
The lights are now turned on on every ride, every food and game stall.
The rides of dragon and giant wheel are decorated in patterns with the help of tube lights. The tube lights are wrapped in different colored cellophane paper to give them different shades. With yellow, green, pink, blue colors at disposal, you can witness huge amount of creativity here.
Spending whole day at the carnival, I relived my childhood memories. I indulged in binge eating, playing games, taking thrilling rides, watching kids having time of their life and taking back with me a lot more memories.
But the carnival was not over yet.
There is one last attraction that you get see as you exit the carnival and travel a distance. You turn around and become spell bound.
There are few things that takes you back in time and allow you to relive your childhood. For me, one such place is the carnival and god bless the organizers.