Valentine's Day Not Loved by Some

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Valentine's Day Not Loved in Many Areas of the World

An activist of India's opposition BJP party prepares to burst heart shaped balloon during a protest against Valentine's Day celebrations in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, Feb.13, 2011.

Monday marks the celebration of Valentine’s Day by much of the world. But it is a celebration that is drawing protests in some areas.
In Southern India, members of a Hindu political party recently gathered to burn Valentine’s Day cards.

One protestor said he is against what he called the "cultural exploitation" of the day. He added people sharing sexual greetings with each other in public in the name of Valentine’s Day should be strongly condemned.

Many Islamic nations, including Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, have banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day

In Malaysia, officials have warned Muslims against celebrating something they call "synonymous with vice activities."
That warning follows plans announced last week by several Malaysian states to crack down on "immoral acts" during Valentine's Day as part of a campaign to encourage a sin-free lifestyle.

The head of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department, which oversees the country's Islamic policies, told state media."In reality, as well as historically, the celebration of Valentine's Day is synonymous with vice activities."

Valentine’s Day has been outlawed in Iran as well. Officials say they will take action against those who ignore the ban.

In Dubai, which has traditionally permitted celebration of Valentine’s Day, the tourism authority has banned the sale of alcohol because of the day's proximity of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, which this year falls on Tuesday, February 15.

Valentine's Day Not Loved in Many Areas of the World
Article from VOA

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