Many people think that the tradition of attaching love locks to bridges (and throwing the keys into the water) started this century, in Paris. But actually, this ritual began over a hundred years ago, in 1915, in Serbia.
During the First World War, in the Serbian town of Vrnjačka Banja, Nada, a school teacher met and fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja. When they were courting, the couple used to meet, in the town, on Most Ljubavi (in English, The Bridge of Love).
Shortly after their engagement, Relja was sent to Corfu, to fight in the war. While he was abroad, he fell in love, and married, a Greek woman. When Nada found out what her fiancé had done she was, understandably, devastated. It is said, that Nada never recovered and the young school teacher died of a broken heart.
News of the tragedy spread and the young women of Vrnjačka Banja started writing their names, together with the names of their loved ones, on padlocks. They fastened the padlocks to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet. They would make a wish and throw the keys into the river, in the hope that their own love story would have a happier ending than Nada's.
Not surprisingly, keys are often associated with marriage, or wedlock, and they are increasingly incorporated into modern weddings.
Keys, with tags, can be used in many ways, including:
'Save the Dates' and Wish Trees.
Wish Trees are a lovely alternative to a traditional Guest Book. Friends and family write words of advice, or good wishes, for the newly weds on the key tags and attach them to the tree...
And finally, a beautiful reading called 'The Key to Love'
The key to love is understanding...
The ability to comprehend not only the spoken word,
but those unspoken gestures
The little things that say so much by themselves.
The key to love is forgiveness...
To accept each others faults and pardon mistakes
but remembering what you learn from them.
The key to love is sharing...
Facing your good fortunes as well as the bad,
Both conquering problems,
forever searching for ways
To intensify your happiness.
The key to love is giving...
Without thought of return
But with the hope of just a simple smile
and by giving in but never giving up.
The key to love is respect...
Realising that you are two separate people,
with different ideas.
That you don't belong to each other -
That you belong with each other,
and share a mutual bond.
The key to love is inside us all...
It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients
That will take you to its threshold
It is the continual learning process that demands a lot of work...
yet the rewards are more than worth the effort
And that is the key to love.
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