Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Folklorists baffled over 'love locks' in Cologne

Cologne city officials are trying to determine the origins of a romantic new phenomenon residents are calling “love locks” as they continue to crop up on a central bridge to commemorate couples’ devotion.

Rhineland regional authority (LVR) folklorist Dagmar Hänig is researching the padlocks and said they began appearing on the Hohenzollernbrücke in the summer of 2008.

“At first it was only about 10, but then there were more,” she said.

There are now more than 1,000 locks from lovebirds around the world hanging on a fence along the bridge’s pedestrian path. Some scratch their initials in the metal locks, while others have gone as far as having them professionally engraved to honour anniversaries and weddings, Hänig said.

According to the new custom, couples close the Liebesschloss and then toss the key into the Rhine River to signify their enduring love.

But the origin of the young tradition remains a mystery, Hänig said.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20100126-24827.html

Look forward to go there together with you soon, to put there our lock, engraved with our names and than toss the key together into the river Rhine as a symbol of our everlasting Love. ILYSM!

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