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Iran bans Valentine’s Day

State directive bans cards, gifts, teddy bears: local news agency


 

The Islamic Republic of Iran has instructed stores not to sell cards, gifts, teddy bears or other such symbols associated with Valentine’s Day (February 14). The semiofficial ILNA news agency notes that Valentine’s Day is frowned upon because it’s named after a Christian martyr, St. Valentine. Iran’s government, which is widely believed to have stolen last summer’s election, has been cracking down on what it perceives as the growing evil of Western culture. Some Muslim countries, like Saudi Arabia, also frown upon Valentine’s Day for similar reasons, but residents of Dubai celebrate the holiday widely, says the Washington Post.

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Iran bans Valentine’s Day

  1. If Iran bans Valentine's day because they want to crack down on the influence of Western culture, does that mean they really aren't going to produce nuclear weapons? After all, the atom bomb was invented in the same area as Western culture.

    • It is a matter of choosing the lesser of the two evils. Nukes can be used against the West, so they are the better choice for them.

  2. Why don't they do something useful in Iran and ban Mondays?

  3. I think poor old Mahmoud is just a poor misguided individual, maybe if we showered him with love and affection he would see things differently…Maybe even a hug or two……..

    • Try sending him chocolates, it will work wonders.

  4. So says the uptight guy who never gets Valentines Cards…….

  5. It's irrelvant. Iranian goats aren't impressed with cards and they eat the flowers.

    • Ouch…..

  6. Maybe it's an attempt at birth control. They can't people to just take the pill or use the rhythm method, so they try to ban Valentine's Day cards.

    • Interestingly, Iran has nation-wide campaigns advocating family planning and birth control. I should know, I live here. I can also vouch that despite what the gov't says or tries to ban, Valentine's Day will be as popular as ever in Tehran. The gov't does one thing, and the people do another. Two VERY different worlds here.