A commemorative celebration for victims of the Danube River – which included the placing of a consecrated wreath on the surface of the river – was held on October 26 on the northern embankment near the M. R. Śtefánik statue in the Eurovea complex. The sports club TJ Karlova Ves placed the wreath on the waters of the Danube, followed by a short programme featuring the Technik choir and the elementary Arts School of Jozef Kresánek. The symbolic consecration of the wreath was performed by both Catholic priests and Protestant ministers.
The commemorative event stems from the city’s traditions when life was closely connected with the river and fishermen were fully reliant on the mercy of the Danube. The tradition was revived in 1991 and has been repeated each year since, the TASR newswire wrote. Representatives of the city council, various churches and the vice-mayor of Bratislava, Anna Dyttertová, took part. Anyone who wanted to commemorate loved ones or events connected with the Danube were invited to add their own flowers to the official wreath.
23. Nov 2010 at 0:13 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská