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Flowers for all occasions

Losalini Vuki
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SHE found evidence of God's divine intervention in all she has achieved and knew it was His calling for her to be where she is today.

Tarusila Rokosawa's testimony reminds us God knows the plans he has for us.

Meet Mrs Rokosawa, a chef by profession who had resigned and moved to Suva with her family in 2005.

She applied to many places for work but there was just no luck. While at home, her mother-in-law (a florist) would ask her to help or look after the business when she was away overseas.

"I would then run her business and that's how I got my skills, knew the basics and started to build up my love for flowers. I think it was divine intervention because God was just grooming me to become a florist and continue to run the business.

My mother-in-law was 78, bedridden and before she passed away, knew I could carry on the business and so here I am.

And that was how my business name changed from Cut Flowers to Divine Blooms Fiji."

Mrs Rokosawa's business specialises in wedding boutiques, birthdays, funeral wreaths, anniversary flowers and pot plants.

During this Valentine's Day, Mrs Rokosawa said there were more customers ordering flowers compared to last year.

"I think it's because of advertising and how I've been messaging clients photos and the special packages that I will provide for Valentine's Day this year," she said.

"Most of my deliveries are done all the way to Lautoka and a few in Nadi.

During Valentine's Day, if you want to surprise your loved ones with something creative, glittery or a simple arrangement of flowers, drop by my shop for your orders. My shop is also open today on Valentine's Day Feb 14 from 5am to 5.30pm. There are more orders for fresh flowers compared to the artificial ones this year. Delivery around Suva is $5, outside Suva is $15."

Mrs Rokosawa said she uses her chef experience in her every day business routine.

"With Valentine's Day, I take it as a really busy kitchen where orders are coming in," said Mrs Rokosawa.

"When its business its game day, I get a black board write down my first deliveries at 9am and then my next delivery at 10.30 until 5.30pm. That's how you work in the kitchen, first things first so that's how I run my business.

"I praise God for giving me this business. Sometimes I come in the mornings and ask God to give me the talent. Every morning I begin with a prayer just to ask the Lord to help me with arranging flowers.

Sometimes when I'm arranging, I'm just doing it for the love of it and mixing the colours but when everything is done, the product itself is just different.

I would like to acknowledge my family especially my husband Irimaia for the business advice and financial support. He is the backbone of my business."

Website britannica.com reports Valentine's Day, also called St. Valentine's Day, holiday (February 14) is when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts.

"The holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February," reports the website.

"The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery.

At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine's Day. It came to be celebrated as a day of romance from about the 14th century.

Although there were several Christian martyrs named Valentine, the day may have taken its name from a priest who was martyred about 270 CE by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus.

According to legend, the priest signed a letter "from your Valentine" to his jailer's daughter, whom he had befriended and, by some accounts, healed from blindness.

Other accounts hold that it was St. Valentine of Terni, a bishop, for whom the holiday was named, though it is possible the two saints were actually one person."

The website adds another common legend states that St. Valentine defied the emperor's orders and secretly married couples to spare the husbands from war. It is for this reason that his feast day is associated with love. Happy Valentine's Day to all our readers!








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