With the start of Valentine’s week, Nepal has witnessed a surge in the import of roses from India.
Valentine's roses are the perfect way to show that special someone your love this February 14th. Send white roses to express undying devotion, pink roses to show friendship, or classic red Valentine's roses to symbolize true love.
According to reports, Nepal's Floriculture Association has said they would import about 1,60,000 rose stems worth 15 million Nepalese rupee.
"Importing flowers from other countries would push the price of roses. We bring these roses especially from Calcutta and Bangalore, Floriculture Association president Kumar Kasjoo Shrestha said.
"We have estimated that about 200,000 roses will be needed this year. Out of this, approximately 1.5 lakh stem roses would be imported from India while the demand for about 50,000 stem roses will be addressed internally," he added.
In Greek Mythology, it is said that rose bushes grew from the ground through Aphrodite’s tears and the blood of her lover, Adonis. The Romans, who turned Aphrodite into their goddess Venus, kept the rose as her symbol of love and beauty. So when Valentine’s Day became the mainstream holiday we know today, the rose was an obvious choice for the most fitting gift.
According to FAN’s statistics, Nepal imported roses worth NPR 12.5 million in 2018 from India. The figure is higher this year due to increased demand. In fact, 60 per cent of the total demand is consumed by the Kathmandu valley alone. With the cold increasing in the Himalayan nation, Indian roses are in demand for the ‘day of love’ which is popular amongst youngsters.”
Americans who give or get roses on Valentine's Day usually don't think about where their flowers came from. ... When the prudish Victorians began using bouquets of flowers to telegraph their feelings to loved ones in a messaging system known as “floriography,” roses were cemented as a symbol of romantic affection.