As roses signifies love people from all walks of life try to celebrate Valentine’s Day by buying roses. Therefore, people including youth in Bogura swarmed in flower shops to buy roses on Sunday.
Thai roses, a variant of rose which came from India’s Bangaluru sold at Tk 100 per piece at various shops in Bogura. Prices of this specific rose variant fluctuated between Tk 80 to 150. Although the demand for 100-taka Thai rose is higher than others more than 2,000 pieces of Thai rose were imported by the flower shops in Bogura.
General Secretary of Bogura Flower Market Businessmen Association Lakshman Das said the quantity of flower this year was less than previous years due to COVID-19 outbreak. Flowers were sent from Bogura to other northern districts before the pandemic. A little amount has been exported this year due to low production.
There are 17 flower shops operating from the Bogura flower market adjacent to Khokon Park in the city. Almost a third of the flowers annually sold on various occasions in Bogura.
Bogura mainly imports flowers from Jashore, Mymensingh, and Dhaka. This year, some importers brought Thai rose from Bengaluru of India. Though prices of flowers usually fluctuates, but the price of local roses on February 14 was Tk 15 to 30, Chinese roses Tk 25 to 50, Merindi roses Tk 30 to 35 and Thai roses was Tk 80 to 150. On the other hand, flower crowns were being sold at Tk 100 to 250, flower bracelet at Tk 150 to 1,500 and bouquets were sold at Tk 150 to 1,000.
Sellers of Bogura flower market said they invested Tk 13 lakh to buy flowers thgis year. They were hoping for a sell return of Tk 20 lakh.
More than 25 lakh taka worth of flowers were sold on the previous year’s Valentine’s Day.
Various cultural organizations in the town arranged programmes related to Pahela Falgun and Valentine’s Day on Sunday. On the other hand, Bogura College Theater, Bogura infantry and other cultural organizations arranged joyous rallies and other cultural events throughout the day.