The day for all those in love, St Valentine’s Day, has become not only a blessing for retail shops and marketers but also an opportunity for couples in love to take a trip or do something fun together or to show their affection in an unusual way. Guided tours of the Bojnice Castle were enriched on Valentine’s Day with a search for “symbols of love”.
“Apart from the obvious symbol of a heart, also ivy, a lime tree or rose, a ring or a dove are connected with the notion of love. At the Bojnice Museum we also offered several tips about how to attract a person of the opposite sex, along with several magic tips,” Lucia Sokolová of Slovak National Museum, which operates the Bojnice Castle, told the SITA newswire.
On the weekend before Valentine’s Day and on the day itself, competitions were organised for couples – they were encouraged to guess the answers of their partners. Men were supposed to guess the preferred wedding dress, flowers or desserts of their loved ones and both partners were expected to be able to state their partner’s birth date. The ladies also competed in the ancient game of Tivoli and the gentlemen took aim with a “Cupid’s arrow” at a target with a big heart. For every correct answer or score they received points and the couple with the most points won a “Certificate of Faithfulness”. Some couples already have a collection of these certificates – Mária and Ladislav Nagy from Nová Dubnica received their 13th certificate this year.
In the castle’s Hunyady Hall visitors could take part in a re-enactment of the wedding of Alexei and Barbora Thurzo, which actually was held in this spot 500 years ago, the TASR newswire wrote. Guests were able to compare current wedding receptions with this noble one: the historical event included meals from 14 oxen, 43 capons, and 14 carps accompanied with 38 barrels of wine and 23 barrels of beer from the old brewery in Prievidza. The 14th Valentine’s weekend at the Bojnice Castle has grown in popularity each year and regularly draws many visitors.