Tickets to the event are cheaper than a therapy session, organizers say
Every year, Valentine’s Day is a time for businesses and marketing agencies to offer customers increasingly inventive ways to show their loved ones their affection. However, a zoo in Russia has taken an entirely different approach by creating an event allowing those who have been thrown to throw insects named after their former flames at the resident animals.
The Yekaterinburg Zoo, in the city in the Urals region, announced on Saturday that it was holding the feeding session in a social media post. This unusual event would be the first of its kind in the park. On the registration page, now closed, customers had to give their name and that of their ex-partner.
He seeks to empower lonely hearts to free themselves from the shackles of negativity from their past loves. “It very often happens that a relationship with a partner ends and emotions such as anger, resentment and regret remain”, the message on the application form reads.
“Give yourself the right to emotion. You can do it! You can’t hit people, but you can thank your ex for the experience and feed them to animals.
Listing the selling points of the event, the zoo noted that it would allow love-weary patrons to “restore justice” and take legal revenge. “The best defense is an attack. Feel like a predator! the website reads.
Tickets to participate in the ritual cost less than $5, which the zoo says is much cheaper than a therapy session with a local psychologist. Punters were also promised a certificate of participation. However, those unable to attend the event in person were reassured to be able to watch the meerkats and fish eat the insects online.
Valentine’s Day, which falls annually on February 14, is originally a Christian holiday honoring one or two early Christian martyrs named St. Valentine. Today it has become a global celebration of love.
A Russian lawmaker known for his controversial LGBTQ rhetoric, Vitaly Milonov, called for a ban on Valentine’s Day celebrations on Monday, arguing that he is “a cargo cult of the well-fed western life.”
However, stores and businesses across the country spared no expense, putting up lavish displays for couples in love.
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