SIDON, Lebanon: In his red-drenched gift shop in the southern city of Sidon, Yehya Hobeich adorned birdcages with ribbon, preparing to meet the spike in demand for lovebirds on the occasion of Valentine’s Day.
February 14 is the day, Hobeich says, that he receives tens of orders for lovebirds and their cages that he decorates with various designs. “They are gifted similar to how gifts are given in Christmas time,” he told The Daily Star.
A pair of lovebirds is sold for LL25,000 ($16.66), in addition to the price of the cage, Hobeich said, while feeding one of the neon-colored parrots and placing it in its newly ornamented cage.
Other stores across Sidon were brimming with teddy bears and frilly nightgowns in their front displays ahead of the day for lovers.
However one potential customer, Khaled al-Gharbi, said the bears need to be red, as a “symbol for the occasion of love.”
“I came to buy one for my wife who likes to celebrate this occasion,” he said with a laugh. “It’s better than her asking me to buy her gold jewelry.”