ISLAMABAD: Young couples, college and school students as well as families were seen sharing flowers and having food together at different restaurants in the twin cities while enjoying the Valentine’s Day on Friday.
Many people in Islamabad were also seen visiting places like Lake View Park, Islamabad Club and roadside eateries.
At the same time, the gift shops and florists had a field day, as buyers thronged to purchase gifts, flowers and bouquets to present the same to their loved ones on the occasion.
Besides giving different kinds of gifts and flowers to express love, the day also brought happiness to the flower vendors of the twin cities.
Talking about Valentine’s Day shopping, Kashif Malik, a shopkeeper at Jinnah Super Market, said that people of all age groups had come to buy flowers.
According to reports, a huge number of people from all walks of life thronged the Islamabad flower markets, particularly in sectors F6 and F10, in the morning.
Taking advantage of the occasion, flower vendors also increased their rates. “Usually I sell one flower for Rs 20 but today I am selling the same for Rs 60, said a flower vendor at the Jinnah Super Market.
“We increase the rates as no one wants to buy cheap flowers on this day,” Kashif Malik, another flower vendor, told this scribe.
In the capital city, many teenagers remained outdoors throughout the day to observe Valentine’s Day. However, when asked about the day’s history, the youngsters could not come up with answers.
Meanwhile, in Rawalpindi also, a good number of people celebrated Valentine’s Day on Friday, while some denounced the day as an insult to Islam.
Tauseef Aslam, a flower decorator at Rawalpindi’s Commercial Market, said that as compared to the past, the fervour of Valentine’s Day was increasing, and all segment of society, including kids, girls, boys and married couples, had started enjoying this colourful occasion by expressing their heartfelt feelings to their friends and relatives.
Some students at the market, commenting on the event, termed it an exciting moment when they share their feelings and exchange gifts along with good wishes with those whom they love and care about.
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