Patna, Feb 14 (UNI) Stung by the lovelore of Saint Valentine, young love bugs today thronged Patna's major boutiques and gift shops to buy their sweethearts the best and most expensive gifts.
Those who could not afford 'expensive' gifts did not lag behind and purchased the 'best and most appropriate' Valentine day card and gifts for their partners in a desperate bid to impress them.
Since celebrating the day has become a craze among young Patnaites, several programmes were organised throughout the city to mark the day with thousands of people participating everywhere.
In one such programmes, organised by private audio channel Radio Mirchi, hundreds of young couples assembled at the Tarumitra Garden near the historic Gandhi maidan and expressed their feelings to their partners 'openly' giving scant attention to curious onlookers.
Couples carrying heart-shaped balloons and gifts also gathered in large numbers in a special Valentine Day function organised by an orchestra group 'On Mosmi' to listen to their favourite love songs.
Free rose buds were also distributed among them.
Florists in the city also did brisk business taking full advantage of the public sentiment on the day.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Bharatiya Yuva Morcha supporters assembled at the main Dakbungalow crossing in downtown Patna and burnt the effigy of Saint Valentine as a mark of protest. They also set up a roadblock for some time in protest against the celebration and urged the youth to resort to constructive work rather than blindly following western culture.
UNI RH-ABA PL GL KN1842