Bangladesh: Flower sales bloom amid celebrations

On a chilly Saturday morning, two men sit at a flower shop in the capital's Shahbagh with different flowers, thread, wrapping paper, adhesive tape, and other materials. 

One of the men, Jahidul Islam, a private sector employee, was giving directions to the other, a florist, for a customized flower basket for a New Year's celebration program at his office.

"Without flowers, we could not even imagine an event or celebration. I came early…because I thought it would be very busy here," said Islam. Another customer, November Tuesday, was looking for flowers that matched the color of a cake. A software engineer by profession, she said it was meant for her parents for their wedding anniversary on December 31.

With increasing orders coming in centering New Year's celebrations and other events, the flower shops are becoming increasingly busy catering to customers amid their peak season for sales. The retailers are hoping that they will be able to bounce back to profitability after two years of gloomy sales following the emergence of the pandemic.


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