Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Slovak capital commemorates, pays tribute to victims of Danube

The upcoming All Saints’ Eve, All Souls’ Day, has prompted the city of Bratislava to commemorate and also pay tribute to all those who died on or in the Danube River.

Commemoraitng the Danube victims, October 26, 2016.(Source: TASR)

The ceremony took place at M.R. Štefánik Square close to the river, on the evening of October 26. Apart from the traditional blessing and the laying of wreaths, symbolic bonfires were also lit and paintings in the sand were created, the TASR newswire wrote.

“The event took place under the auspices of the Slovak presidency of the Council of EU, and thus we wanted it to be something special,” Monika Molnárová of the Bratislava Culture and Information Centre (BKIS) informed TASR. “We wanted it to not be just one reverent commemoration but something more.”

The fires, or rather torches, were lit by Bratislava Mayor Ivo Nesrovnal, a representative of the Foreign Ministry, and also by ambassadors of the countries across which the Danube flows, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania.

Part of the programme was also the thematic image of the Memory of the Danube Victims, painted in the sand. “An artist painted pictures based on the topic of the Danube and its victims, and these are also screened on a LED screen,” Molnárová described. The band Longital accompanied the ceremony with music.

This event has been organised by the capital city since 1991. It is inspired by the traditions of the city where the life of the inhabitants used to be closely connected to the river, and fishermen especially were often prey to the elements, the water and its caprices.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Rules for hiring foreigners are simpler. For exceptions

Despite positive changes, employers still point to some barriers preventing more effective and simpler recruitment of foreign workers.

Some problems with Foreigners’ Police continue.

Slovak healthcare needs thousands of medical workers

Slovak doctors, nurses and midwives are not hesitating in finding better work conditions abroad.

Illustrative Stock Photo

News isn’t negative because journalists are cynical

The problem is caused by the demand side.

What is it like to study at a foreign college? Students explain to high-schoolers

Some Slovak students who study abroad already have work offers.

Students during the workshop