Love is in the air today and while the standard displays of affection on Valentines Day of roses and candy are in full swing I wanted to share a different kind of display, Love Locks. My daughter came across locks attached to the Brooklyn Bridge a while ago and was intrigued. She quickly learned that this was the hip way to profess your love and commitment to your sweetie. Couples from all over the world are inscribing their names on padlocks and attaching them to bridges or various other hot spots, then they toss away the key as a symbol of their everlasting love. Doesn’t Valentines Day seems like the prefect day for this trendy romantic gesture?
Pictured below: The Lovers Bridge in Paris, couples in love attach a lock and throw away the key in the Seine River below. So where did it all begin? The phenomenon called Love Locks is believed to have originated in Italy, and then appeared in other parts of Europe in the early 2000s.
A similar bridge in Serbia exists where the practice of love locks can be traced back to before World War I. The story goes, there was a local girl named Nada who fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja. After they committed to each other Relja went to war in Greece where he fell in love with another woman. As a consequence, Relja and Nada broke up their engagement. Nada never recovered from the heart break and after some time she died as a result of her unfortunate love. As young girls from Vrnjačka Banja wanted to protect their own loves, they began writing down their names with the names of their loved ones on padlocks, then affixing them to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet. Left, another bridge in Poland.
A wall of Love at Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, Germany. Happy Valentines Day friends and much Love!