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Donation, gifts mark day of love

Guwahati, Feb. 14: The chill in the air failed to dampen the spirit of love as couples walked hand in hand or sat in cosy corners to celebrate Valentine’s Day here.

Even shopping malls, shops and restaurants added to the feel of the occasion by dressing up in bright red roses and heart-shaped balloons, as they welcomed customers wanting to spend quality time with their beloved.

Gift stores, too, wooed both the young and old in love by packing their shelves with various items.

With Chocolate Day preceding Valentine’s Day, attractively packaged chocolates in varied flavours are flooding the market for the past few days and many youngsters were seen buying them to gift them to their loved ones.

The bakeries, too, have prepared special cakes and pastries for the occasion.

“We have come up with limited edition love cakes like pina colada, red velvet, chocolate satin, rainbow and dark fantasy in addition to our regular ones. The idea of a love cake is very personal and hence, we have kept its size and style in line with the day of love,” said Nirupam Muklania, chief executive officer of Prime Bakes, a Guwahati-based bakery chain.

In Aizawl, 23-year-old Andy and her girlfriend, both clad in red, walked hand in hand towards the civil hospital, where Andy donated blood to needy patients and his girlfriend gave a rose to him.

Nearly 1,000 youths across Mizoram today donated blood under the banner Blood for your Valentine, to dedicate the day of love to a noble cause.

In Aizawl district, 522 youths, aged between 18 and 40 donated their blood, including 144 women, while the number in Lunglei was 133.

The blood donation drive was organised by the Mizoram State AIDS Control Society and the Aizawl-based Association for Voluntary Blood Donation.

The report about blood donation from the remaining five districts was yet to arrive at the time of filing this report.

On the other hand, youngsters thronged gift shops in Aizawl to buy something for their loved ones.

The day was also marked by couples eating out in hotels, restaurants and going on picnics to farmhouses and some picnic spots on the outskirts of Aizawl.