emergence of tradition

Despite the fact that this tradition seems to be very romantic and old, she appeared only in the nineties.Italian writer Federico Moccia for one of his novels could not invent his loving characters bring the pledge of allegiance and love each other.Since the action in the novel took place in Rome, he wanted to find some special romantic place in the Eternal City, but he was not.Therefore, the author has invented its own tradition.He appointed Ponte Milvio this place for all lovers of Rome, where his characters are brought to each other oath padlock and throw away the key.

Since the publication of the novel Milvio bridge covered with locks, so that distinguish
it beneath them was difficult.Once the locks fell under the weight of a lamppost on this bridge.Authorities in Rome for a long time tried to intervene to structure somehow this tradition, but to no avail.Italian lovers have not given their refuge and continued to hang padlocks on Ponte Milvio.

Over time, this tradition has spread throughout Europe.And there is an oath in this way can any couple in love, but in our country castles, primarily associated with the wedding.In Moscow, for example, Luzhkov bridge has become a place of pilgrimage for half of all newlyweds capital.However, in the case of Luzhkov bridge city authorities acted very cleverly.Next to the bridge itself has been found Love tree whose branches can withstand thousands of these vows of lock without causing any harm.After a very short time at the Tree of Love has appeared several relatives, as in the branches of construction all the locks did not fit.Now, next to the tree of love on Luzhkov bridge are also benches for quarreling lovers.Their design suggests that any stranded from the edge of the person still will roll to the center. Locks with the most popular bridges are regularly cut off to make room for new ones.So it makes sense to hang your clasp away from the popular spots that it lasted longer.

Slavic tradition

In Slavic traditions and bridges, locks and actively used.After the wedding, when the bride entered her husband's house, near the threshold has always been open lock.When the young were inside, the lock is closed, the key thrown into a deep well.Sometimes stoked and the castle, which is metaphorically closed the marriage. Until now, many suitors before marriage move through the seven bridges, as it promises happiness.

Bridges in the Slavic tradition has always been considered a symbol of transition.So brides grooms often worn across the bridges to the marriage was happy.So the new European tradition of lock vows well taken root on Russian soil.