L'amour is in the air as February arrives, ushering in the month of love for couples from Paris to El Paso.

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In celebration of the month of love, Ascarate Park brings back Locks of Love, a la Parisian style where lovers can place a lock upon a heart-shaped metal display to seal their love.

Locks of Love

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While most consider the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris as the origin of Locks of Love, the ancient custom dates back centuries to China, where lovers symbolically locked their love via a padlock around a chain or gate forever.

Today the lovers' custom spans from Rome to Mexico, and now, Ascarate Park is bringing back the longtime tradition with a heart-shaped structure that will light up nightly, beginning at 6 p.m. for the entire month of love in February. Couples can place locks on the metal hearts meant to be left locked as part of the display. 

Stroll Along Ascarate Lake

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Plus, beginning February 11-14, lovebirds can also take a stroll along the Ascarate Lake while discovering gnomes and hand-painted hearts sprinkled throughout the trail. Park visitors are also encouraged to decorate their rocks to share along the path while sharing on social media using the hashtag #AscarateRocks.

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Anyone tying the knot this month might also want to take advantage of the photo backdrop set up at the Enrique Moreno County Courthouse located at 500 E. San Antonio.

The free, modern, and romantic photo background will be found on the lower level of the courthouse between 2/2/22 and 2/22/22, celebrating the two most popular wedding dates of February 2nd and 22nd this year. The Better Together photo backdrop will consist of a lit-up 2022 balloon arch.

No matter how you choose to celebrate your loved one, couples will find plenty of Valentine's activities all month long from Ascarate Park to downtown El Paso.

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