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Happy Valentine’s Day, I Love You!

By Eastern Mirror Desk Updated: Feb 13, 2020 11:20 pm
People buy roses on the streets, ahead of Valentine’s Day, on February 13 in Dimapur. (EM Images)

Our Reporter
Dimapur, Feb. 13 (EMN):
Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a bouquet of beautiful red roses. Amid the bustling sights and sounds of Dimapur, 49 young women from Khehokhu village in Kuhuboto area have set up three rose stalls with the name ‘Pamper your Love’ in and around the commercial hub for Valentine’s Day.

Livika Shohe, one of the members of the group, spoke to Eastern Mirror and said that the 49 women decided to give a Christmas feast and celebration to the village of Khehokhu this year, which was why they opened the stalls.

The group of women, aged from 18 to 35 years or so, are from different professions, it was informed. “Some are students, nurses, teachers and some run hostels,” Shohe said.

She informed that each contributed INR 3000 to raise funds and to set up three stalls—one on Nyamo Lotha Road opposite the Arcade, another at Popular Bakery, and another opposite to Pantaloons.

According to Greek mythology, rose bushes grew from the ground through the tears of the goddess of love and the blood of her lover. This, Shohe said, is why roses are a perfect and fitting choice to gift loved ones.

Red roses is usually high in demand on Valentine’s Day, so they are aiming to sell around 2,500 roses for two days, February 13 and the 14th, she informed. According to global statistics, around 250 million roses are produced for sale on Valentine’s Day.

The women from Khehokhu village have also tried their hands at other ventures to fund their Christmas feast this year.

“In January, we sold local sticky rice and organic vegetables in the market to raise funds as well,” said Shohe adding that in the months to come, new funding methods will be organised.

While sale was slow during the day, customers picked up at a fast pace by evening as they rushed to buy roses. Along with the bouquets, Shohe said, they were also giving out complimentary cookies and strawberries.

“We women have so much talent and skills. It feels good to get out and push yourself in helping your community especially if it is for a good cause,” Shohe said.

The bouquets are informed to be priced from INR 500 to INR 1000, which includes complimentary cookies and strawberries. The group is also offering delivery services in and around Dimapur town.

By Eastern Mirror Desk Updated: Feb 13, 2020 11:20:36 pm