Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine’s Day gala glitters around city

Strangely, even after Cupid strikes, for most people it becomes difficult to express their love openly to their beloved. Struggling to find a way out, here comes the Valentine's Day to their rescue. You can pour out your heart's feelings to your loved one either by sending a greeting card along with a red rose or a personal gift and express your love.

Though celebrating Valentine’s Day was considered as western style, as days passed slowly all of us have recognized the importance of this and started adopting this in our culture too. Being a traditional city, Mysore is also all set to celebrate V-day in a unique manner with their lovers, families, friends marking it as a festival.

Earlier the day was only meant for lovers. But now the things have changed. To know how city's spirit is set to soar, Express spoke to some section of people to find out how people are gearing up with brimming enthusiast to mark this special day on February 14. Here are the excerpts:

Which colour (flower) love

Valentine’s Day also means flowers day. The flower vendors are reporting more than 8-10 colours of flowers. “Every year we have good business on V-Day. Usually on normal days we sell around 80-100 flowers but on V-Day more than 1000 flowers will be sold. Most of them purchase 150-200 roses,” says Rangaswamy who purchases flower from Bangalore and Ooty.

Demands for beauty parlour

To make their skin look younger and firmer many girls are getting skin enhanced services like body polishing, bleaching, Pedicure, manicure and aqua radiance around Valentine’s Day which has made students, profession to wait for long time in the parlours.

“Body polishing helps in treating damage to the skin. Most of the boys specially students are gifting body cleansing for their girl friends. To cope-up with the rush we are giving an appointment one-day before,” said Asha a beautician.

“Usually we always celebrate with chocolates, roses, candlelight dinner or going for a long drive. But this year I am gifting her bridal set. I want to look her in a bridal dress. I am happy she understood my love and gesture,” says a student.

A splendid V-day with families

Now Valentine’s day is not just for lovers, as many families are planning to have a splendid valentine’s Day with their family members by purchasing cards, fresh flowers, chocolates and candies with decorating the ceiling by hanging hear shape ballons of colours red, pink, yellow, purple and white. Some of them also have planned to cook up yummy dishes and also for a picnic with their family.

Valentine Day cakes

Taking a coolest look at the Valentine cakes one can enjoy its delectable. Many bakeries have immersed themselves in preparing cakes of different sizes and hues generally in heart shapes with new flavors and different varieties.

Rush at Gift shops

Malls, stores and restaurants have dressed like bridal to attract more number of customers. It was a common sight in gift shops young and old people were seen thinking what gift would make their loved one feel more special. T-shirts, bumper stickers, posters, teddies, chocolates in heart shape, soft toys, watches and the hoardings with valentine’s message out are some of the common gifts seen in all the gift shops.

V-day eve party

Many hotels in the city have arranged V-day eve party in which couples can make V-day to late-night with retro music. Buy-one-get-one-free offer is also offered on clothes, gifts, eatables etc.
Exotic food and continental dishes will be served to make the occasion memorable and many hotels have arranged games, fun, dance to mark the spirit of V-Day.

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