Traditional Christmas markets in Slovak capital take place on the Main and Franciscan Square. This year until Decembre 22nd, they will again attract enormous numbers of tourists and locals, Along with the festive spirit, the Christmas markets can however become an environmental problem. To avoid the christmas environmental guilt, and to close up the year in a sustainable, eco-friendly way, this year, the city of Bratislava is changing the rules of the celebration.
From mindless fun to mindfullness celebration – the Bratislava City Council decided to put a new feature – a zero waste policy – on this years Christmas menu. The visitors of the markets will pay a deposit for the cup that will be fully refunded upon its return. In an effort to reduce waste, to be thinking of the nature, and to prevent the Christmas euphorea to get environmentaly hostile, the guests of the markets will use only returnable glasses and compostable, bio-degradable dishes. Beside that, many bins will be available for recycling the wastes.
The Main Christmas Market will be the place to visit the commercial stands with a charitable dimension. A »Good Pay« action will add to the real essence of the Christmas spirit – taking care of people. One cent from every purchase will be donated to the Návrat association, the homeless social organisation. The donation will be used to stabilize the home for families with children by supporting housing and accompanying the family on an ongoing basis.
The visitors will be able to make their purchaces with credit cards or mobile phones at any stand, for the first time.
The accompanying cultural programme will take the stage at Františkanske Square. The popular spot – Stará Tržnica – will hold various Christmas events, bazaars and food markets. The ambiance in front of the building is magical thanks to the lit up trees and decorations. Inside, you will be able to purchase interesting, mostly home-made gifts. And for the third time in a row, also the Markets at the Bratislava Castle will be fully operating.
Paying respect to the closing of the old year, and celebrating the New Year that is awaiting us with unimaginable adventures is necessary. But celebrating with respect to the nature and social responsibility is what we all need to incorporate in our comprehension of fun.
By: Ajda Borak