Valentine's Day in Vietnam: "I love you, and the roses are expensive"

Valentine's Day has become incredibly popular in Vietnam, particularly in bigger cities. The romantic holiday with Western origins and a commercial spin offers Vietnamese people more excuses to show their love in different ways.

Valentine's Day is the day when a dozen of red roses cost two, three, or even four times what they do at any other time of the year, a florist in Hanoi's downtown district of Dong Da told Xinhua.

"Huge increases in the price of red roses have no dampening effect on demand," said Bui Ngoc Lien, who has been running her flower shop for three years.

The cost of a dozen red roses in the lead-up to Valentine's Day can range from 240,000 Vietnamese dong (10 U.S. dollars) at a corner store to close to 1.8 million Vietnamese dong (76 U.S. dollars) at a high-end florist shop.


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