Romance was in the air as malls, restaurants and popular hangout zones in the city soaked in the colour red with the young and old displaying their affection for their loved ones in many ways on Valentine’s Day today, unfazed by antics of those who oppose it.
The weekend saw cupid-struck couples roaming on the streets, exchanging gifts, roses and thronging cinema halls etc.
Red, the colour of love, was the theme at many restaurants and joints which had made special arrangements for youngsters, who were seen making a beeline in front of these outlets.
India Gate, Connaught Place and other similar hotspots saw a huge turnout on the occasion.
The price of roses, especially the red ones shot up as florists raked in the moolah due to the high demand.
“The roses which are usually available for Rs 20 per stick were being sold at over Rs 100 today,” said Kritika Magoo, a lawyer by profession.
Police had made elaborate security arrangements to ensure an incident-free celebration and thwart any attempt of moral policing in the city by Right-wing outfits.
Although no major incident was reported from any part of the city, more than 200 students were detained by the police when they tried to stage a protest outside the office of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha which had allegedly threatened to marry off couples if they indulged in public display of love on Valentine’s Day.
Some leading online portals like Snapdeal, Fashion and You, Jabong, Myntra were offering deals on clothes, jewellery, cosmetics and shoes, keeping couples in mind.
Taxi service provider Uber was also offering a chopper service in Delhi to give joy rides to love birds. Priced at Rs 5,000 per couple, the deal included a 20 minute chopper ride on the skies of the city and a pool side meal.
While hi-end restaurants claimed they were chock-a-block for lunch and dinner, a huge crowd, mainly comprising young couples, was seen at public places like Central Park, Lodhi Garden, Qutub Minar complex etc.
Few restaurants had also chosen different themes than red to attract the singles in the city. Broken heart pizzas, free drinks for the singles were also on offer at few restaurants in the Hauz Khas village.
Heart-shaped bouquets donned the florists shops, gift shops and restaurants prepared special deals and packages. SPAs and salons also offered pampering sessions for couples on discounted prices.
Though the V-day falling on weekend was a reason for the professionals to cheer, it wasn’t just a couple’s affair in the national capital but also the day for friends and family get-togethers.
“Love is not a feeling meant to be celebrated just by couples, it is for all of whom are dear to us. I spent my day with my friends and I will go for dinner with my famila,” said Tanuka, an engineering student.
“Last year, the Valentines day had fallen on a weekday. So, I had to limit our plans to a dinner, but this time it was a happening day,” said Ruchita Bhalla, an IT professional.