How Valentine's Day is Celebrated in Countries Where it is Banned


Tue, Feb 14th, 2012 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this somewhat amusing Foreign Policy's article on Valentine's Day (amusing until you read bat-shit crazy stuff like this), Alessandra N. Ram notes that under Saudi Arabia's strict interpretation of Islamic law, Valentine's Day is forbidden because it celebrates the life of a Christian saint and "encourages immoral relations between unmarried men and women."

What's amusing about this backward medieval mentality is that despite the bans, people under 30 still celebrate it and "florists reportedly deliver bouquets in the middle of the night or early morning, to avoid suspicion."

Every year, Saudi Arabia's infamous morality police force, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, raids shops a few days before Feb. 14, instructing owners to remove red roses, red wrapping paper, teddy bears, and gift boxes. On the eve of the holiday, they raid stores and seize symbols of love.

[...] Ahmed Al-Omran, a well-known Saudi blogger, told CNN back in February 2008 that the government's ban would give the international media another reason to make fun of the Saudis "but I think that we got used to that by now."

The above image is from Wikipedia's Valentine's Day page.



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