The fact remains that Valentine’s Day, like any other major occasion here, has started foraying in people’s wallets and generating economic activities surrounding it.
So here are Avenue t’s tips on how much you should spend on the Valentine’s Day for your loved ones. And by loved ones, we mean the ones with whom you have non-platonic interests. You have Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and even a Friendship Day to celebrate your platonic love. Valentine’s Day is for your ‘loved ones’—with a literal meaning.
First date on Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is usually a date reserved for existing couples, not for two people who have never met in person. However gone are the days of blind land phone dates. Those ended with the millennials. Members of generation Z can easily have a pretty good idea about their potential dates prior meeting them in person for the first time.
So it’s better to do stalk his/her social media profile. And when you first meet your date, assure him/her (the tip goes for the initiator) that you usually don’t go on first dates on Valentine’s Day, but this time it was something that you decided to do in this one specific instance. The meet-cute can be arranged in one of countless new restaurants mushrooming in every nook and cranny of Dhaka. As this is the first date, make sure to bring roses.
Around Tk2,000 would do (for both food and roses) but if you feel it to be a love at first sight, go for Full Monty of spending. So have some money in your socks.
For long-time love birds
You already have spent a number of Valentine’s Days together, so you know the drill. Considering the context of Bangladesh, if you’ve already spent five Valentine’s Days together, on the sixth one, one of you (possibly the man) will ask your other half for her hand in marriage; or one of you (the woman) will break the news that your parents have already found you a suitor, so your man either needs to get a job or get lost.
Now for the first one: It’s a big day for you guys. So get the ring right. Go for diamonds. Go for a restaurant where you can bring out a diamond without getting mugged. In Dhaka, you will find those aplenty inside the tri-state area. Budgeting your special day would be hard, so you better decide.
For the second case: Girls, before planning to break the ‘big news’ to your long-term partners, watch Boro Chele
on YouTube. Nevertheless, if you still decide to go ahead, go for a good restaurant where they serve Bengali comfort food like kacchi biryani. Make sure you pay the bill. It’s not going to be much though.
The married couples
If you have kids, send them over to Nana-Nani or Dada-Dadi’s house. If you have credit cards of those commercial banks that have the offer of ‘buy one get one free’ dinner at one of the city’s five star hotels, go there. For the married ones, ‘buffet with lots of choice’ comes as a blessing in disguise.
If you don’t have the credit cards, keep an eye on social media. You will find a number of restaurants serving special discounted platters on the Valentine’s Day; pick one. In married lives, availing a ‘buy one get one free’ or ‘a discounted offer’ together is the best gift that you can pick for each other.