Egyptians have been celebrating "hearts day" on its international date every February 14th, and celebrating the 4th of November as Valentine’s Day since the 1950s!
Despite clashes and protests that have recently transpired in Egypt, sales on flowers and chocolates are set to hit the streets as the country is celebrating Valentine’s Day today.
According to Egyptian media reports, the Egyptian Valentine’s date was set by two brothers, Mustafa and Ali Amin, who are both writers and founders of the publishing house Akhbar al-Youm.
Mohammed Arafa, a history professor, explained that Ali Amin was the first to ask his readers through poll published in his daily newspaper column when is the perfect date to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
"Amin accordingly asked for their choice of a specific date for Valentine's Day and they chose November 4th of each year."
Cairo Chamber of Commerce member Yahya al-Sayyed expects this year’s sales will rise up to around $10 million as he describes Egypt calmer compared to last year.
Vendors will be selling roses with prices ranging from $0.82 to $8.20 and stuffed bears priced between$3.30 to $82 depending on the size and quality.
Souvenir shops are also expected to meet popular demand on boxed chocolates as couples are expected to exchange gifts with one another.