Valentine “Dollar” .. The crisis reaches Valentine’s Day in Lebanon

Successive crises imposed their burdened colors, gray dominated the scene, no red bears “hanging” in the streets, nor red roses found their way to the sidewalks, and it can be said that parties are rare and restaurants did not embrace lovers on their feast.

Nothing can replace love, Hala told Sky News Arabia, adding: “But love letters like roses are priced in dollars today. After we used to buy a rose for a thousand Lebanese pounds in the past, we find it today for two dollars, as if love has become forbidden to us in this country.”

Mounir (28 years old), who is sitting in a Beirut café and preparing for his first lovers’ feast this year, says: “My current salary is about one and a half million Lebanese pounds, which before the crisis equaled $1,000. I wanted to choose a symbolic hand-made gift that cost 400,000. A Syrian pound and a small bouquet of flowers cost 300,000 pounds, and this anniversary will currently cost me half my salary.”

Oh rose who buys you?

Abdul Rahman Taqoush, owner of a flower shop in Beirut, told Sky News Arabia: “The prices this year are high from the source of the roses, and the price of the red rose, for example, is 30,000 pounds (one and a half dollars at present) 3 days before the date of “Valentine”, and it may reach up to More than that, on Valentine’s Day, if the market goes as usual with the game of monopoly and exploitation on the day of Eid, when merchants deliberately suggest that roses are cut off in order to raise their price.

He adds: “The purchasing value of salaries has declined very significantly, and the season is declining due to the economic crisis year after year.”

He added about the prices: “The price of a bouquet of roses ranges between 300,000 and 400,000 Syrian pounds, depending on its need for plant accessories and other decorations. As for a dozen (12 roses), its price rises to 600,000 Syrian pounds. Buying roses today has become a luxury for the affluent category of customers.”

He explains, “In February, we import roses from the Indian, Ecuadorean and Kenyan market, because the season in Lebanon has not yet begun, and its date is at the end of March with the celebration of Mother’s Day,” expecting a clear drop in prices at that time.

He added, “Everything was affected by the dollar, starting with the vitamin that nourishes the roses, and the nylon for packaging and decoration, all of which are imported materials.”

He attributes the closure of a good number of flower shops in Lebanon to the crisis and the high rents of shops, which are now paid in dollars, and may reach 1500 dollars or more per month.

Elsewhere, Muhammad’s printing press is crowded with packaged gifts for distribution to customers on demand, engraving on gifts and printing names on souvenirs.

Love is a necessity

And social psychologist Dr. Wadea Nibal Amyouni, in her interview with Sky News Arabia, explains: “Valentine’s Day shortens all holidays and describes it as the holiday of humanity and clarifies” man is the son of his environment, and is affected by the changes around him, and when any capitalist system promotes a material commodity, the commodity becomes a basic requirement. Rather, it is an urgent necessity, and man, by nature, is affected by what is happening around him.”

She added: “It is unfortunate that the prices of roses were raised for the occasion and that the custom of exchanging roses was exploited as an expression of this beautiful human feeling.

Al-Amouni concludes by saying: “The concept of love has changed and love has become a rapid and material situation, in light of the transformation of social life from real to virtual and matter has taken control. difficult economic conditions and political and economic corruption.”

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