Valentine’s Day: Cupid strikes in PakistanFebruary 14th, 2011 - 4:26 pm ICT by IANS
Lahore, Feb 14 (IANS) Couples here Monday basked in the warmth of love on Valentine’s Day, a far cry from the days when people were reluctant to celebrate it in the traditionally conservative society.The day now provides the “much-needed relief” for couples in the otherwise terrorism-ravaged country.
The throbbing metropolis of Lahore is buzzing with the mood of Valentine’s Day as youngsters prepared to put all their worries behind and look for true love.
Shops are filled with cards, flowers and different kinds of gifts, which are in high demand among the young and old alike who want something special for their loved one.
Boutiques have lined up special dresses in red for both males and females, while coffee shops, restaurants and bakeries are offering special rates for chocolates, cakes and meals on this special day for love-struck people.
“Yes, I am here to find something for my girlfriend because I also intend to propose to her on this day,” Shehryar, who was checking rings at an upmarket jewellery store in Lahore, told IANS.
Shiza, a mother of two, said she met her husband five years ago on this date and were now living a happy life.
“We exchange gifts every year on Valentine’s Day as a mark of our love for each other,” she said.
Khurram, a shopkeeper in a mall, said the sale increased manifold each year a few days before Feb 14.
“The trend of celebrating Valentine’s Day has really caught on during the last few years,” he said.
Andleeb, a manager at a fast-food restaurant, said couples preferred to dine out on this day.
“We received several orders to book tables in advance and it is quite difficult to cater to the rush,” she said.
Students in educational institutions have arranged special functions, while five-star hotels are offering special menus with concerts by leading artistes to pull maximum crowds.
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