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Etti Bali Dec 01 2014

Where can you travel for some love rituals around the world?

Kanika Nevatia Dec 01 2014
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Check out these unique love rituals around the world, some with the promise of keeping you together forever and others granting your wishes of love. Let’s see how far you can travel for the one you love!

House of Juliet

Every year thousands of people visit Verona on their trip to Italy to see the balcony where Juliet stood while Romeo declared his love for her, despite the fact that we all know the story was fictional. People write handwritten notes asking Juliet for love advice and hoping that doing so will make their love everlasting and stick them on the “wall of love”.


House of Juliet (by spencer77)


Pont des Arts Bridge


Pont des Arts is a little footbridge over the River Seine. For the city of Paris this is their best-known symbol of romance. People engrave or write their name along with their lover’s name on a lock and latch it onto the railing of the bridge with the belief that this lock will act as a lock to their relationship, making it everlasting. As of February 2014 there are believed to be an estimate of 700,000 locks on the bridge.


Pont des Arts Bridge (by David "Dodo" Oliva)


Trevi Fountain

One of the most famous fountains in the world, the Trevi Fountain, located in the city of Rome is known to be one of the most popular wishing wells in the world. Legend has it that throwing in one coin means a return to Rome, a second coin leads to a new romance, and a third coin leads to marriage with the one you desire. So wish away!


Trevi Fountain (by High Contrast)


John Lennon Wall

Though John Lennon never visited the city of Prague, there is a wall in the city dedicated entirely to him where people draw John Lennon inspired graffiti and write down the lyrics of Beatles songs. One of the love rituals around the world, couples visiting the city don’t leave without spray painting their names or a love message on the wall, believing it will bring their relationship good luck.


John Lennon Wall (by Mihael Grmek)


The Tomb of Abelard and Heloise

“Heloise and Abelard” is one of history’s most talked about and romantic true love stories. The love affair between a 12th century philosopher and his young student continues to leave us touched even after nine hundred years. The taboos of the society compelled them to take vows as a monk and nun to escape punishment. Today lovers from all over the globe visit their tomb at the Lachaise Cemetery in Paris to pay their respect and leave notes as a sign of respect for their undying love.


The Tomb of Abelard and Heloise (by Jim)


Bridegroom's Oak

The Bridegroom's Oak, also called Bräutigamseiche in German, is an oak tree in the Dodauer Forest near Schleswig-Holstein in Germany. A small hole high in the trunk of this tree which can be reached by a ladder, acts as a dead drop or letter box for people seeking love partners. Legend has it that if a girl walks around the tree three times on a full moon night, thinking of her beloved, without speaking or laughing; she will get married to him within a year.


Bridegroom's Oak (by Holger.Elgaard)


Vattamalai Murugan Temple

Vattamalai Murugan Templeis located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, in Vidamba Village. The villagers believe that if the husband of a newlywed bride can hold her in his arms and climb the 300 steps leading to this temple then it is a sign that he will take care of his wife throughout his life and the wedlock will be strong and unbreakable. This ritual also featured in the Bollywood movie Chennai Express.


Scene of from Chennai Express (from the official Facebook page)


Nahil Wish Tree

Nahil is a symbolic wish-tree from the Ottoman culture. Located in the city of Istanbul, couples from all over the world write their wishes on colourful tags and tie them to the branches of the tree at Istanbul's annual Hidrellez Welcome-to-Summer Festival. Hizir, a symbolic prophet of spring, is believed to grant the wishes of these couples.


Wish Tree (by Rico Shen)


Aphrodite's Grotto

The Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite was born in Cyprus. Legend has it that she would often take a dip in a mountain grotto (a small cave) to purify and restore herself after multiple trysts with the gods. Though no one is allowed to swim here, you can dip your hands and feet in the bath to become a part of the love and magic that Aphrodite is believed to have left behind.


Aphrodite's Grotto (by Karen V Bryan)


Huangshan

People from all over the world climb Huangshan in China to admire the famous rock formations. Those in love often make this climb to visit a special fence just below the crest, where lovers have chained small locks engraved with their names or initials for years. Legend has it that if one climbs Huangshan with his or her partner they will have eternal and everlasting love.


Huangshan (by acaaron816)


These are just some of the popular love rituals around the world. If you know of any other, please leave a comment, add to the list and tell us how far you’ve travelled for love!


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