Tansel Bahat knows all too well what it means to not be able to afford even a single rose. on Valentine’s day. The florist, who Lives in the eastern province of Elazığ, still remembers the day when he had no money at buy flowers for his girlfriend when he was in college student. So he decided to help out others in the same situation. On Valentine’s Day, he threw “flowers on the hook” campaign in his shop. The diagram is inspired by the “bread on the hook”, a more popular tradition of giving free bread to bakeries of bread to anyone in need paid for by donations from other customers.
Contrary to bread tradition, the florist does not charge customers for help him give away from the flowers. Instead, Bahat stored flowers of all kinds in a grand basket in of face of his shop. A sign next in the basket reads “flowers on the hook for Valentine’s day. Happy Valentine day!”
“Return in my school days, I felt so sad that I couldn’t buy a gift for my girlfriend. So I decided to give away from the flowers for those who can’t afford them. anyone can pick a flower from here,” he told Ihlas News Agency (IHA) on Monday. at the florist shop shop is located in face from a university in a busy part of the city. “I know students may not be financially Good-off. This is not something to embarrass them but rather to help them,” he said.
Mercan Marat, who picked a rose for his shopping cart girlfriend, says she noticed the sign as he passed by the shop and appreciated. “It’s a nice gesture. I saw people give bread or clothes way but it’s the first the time i see it done for Valentine’s Day,” he said.
Valentine’s Day is marked with enthusiasm in Turkey with couple exchange gifts and retailers offering discounts on all possible giftelectronics grand public to food. Flowers, especially roses, are among the most popular gifts. Only one red rose is sold for prices from around $2 (TL 30). Some prefer buy diamond rings, which are sold for price from $132 (1,800 TL).
Spouses looking for the unusual gifts can buy an “adoption certificate” from the Global Fund for nature (WWF), paying for the conversation of endangered species, from sea turtles to pandas. Others are willing to pay up at almost $13,000 (176,000 TL) to secure the title of “Lord” or “Lady” by acquiring land from Glencoe in Scotland. Some pay up at $110 (1,500 TL) for a yacht trip below the bridges over the Bosphorus as messages of specifically written love for the partners reflect each other via laser on the bridges.