Monday, June 22, 2009

Russian Wedding Trees

Ever since I arrived here, I have wanted to know what was up with these trees.  We pass them every time we go to town.  I asked and was told that these are part of a wedding tradition.  The groom puts a lock on one tree and the bride ties a ribbon on the other.  Every now and then I will see a wedding party taking pictures here. I still don't know the significance of the trees, the locks or the ribbons.  If anyone knows, I would love it if you would share. 

I have also wanted to stop and take some pictures here, but have never remembered to tell dispatch about it, and am not confident enough with my Russian to ask the drivers. Fortunately, my friend Dee stopped one day last week and took some pictures, and she told me I could "steal" them from her.  Thanks, Dee!

Wedding trees and the deer statue

Lock tree

Ribbon tree


Anonymous said...

I saw one of those on the road between Yuzhno and Korsakov.

Annie said...

I think Dee could also explain why the newlyweds do the ribbons and the locks. I do no remember why they use the ribbons, but when my friends got married, they also put up the lock - they said the lock means the strength of their family and once it's locked, there would be nothing that would make them apart (i.e. break up)