Sunday, January 23, 2011

No Valentine's Day in Iran

Iranian media reported that the celebration of romantic love through the printing and production of symbols of heart, red roses and cards that represent Valentine's Day has been banned by the government, said Reuters.
The Islamic Republic of Iran saw the 14 February celebration to belong from Western culture and a commercial propaganda that has gained popularity among the youth--who represent 70 percent of the population--and barely knew the Islamic Revolution that overthrew the US-backed Shah.
Although not officially banned, nationalists have time and again advised against the corrupt popularity of Western values.
Under the Islamic law of Iran, it is forbidden for unmarried people to mingle.
The ILNA news agency reported, "Honoring foreign celebrations is the spread of Western culture," said the union's head, Ali Nikou Sokhan.
"Our country has an ancient civilization and various days to honor kindness, love and affection."
To observe Valentine's Day equivalent, some hardliners have suggested "Mehregan," a festival known in old Iran before the Islam era. Mehr means affection, friendship or love.
According to the news, those who ignore the ban will face legal actions.
Valentine's Day, named after a Christian saint, began to be associated with romance in the 14th century.
Previously known as Persia, Iran, is one of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world. The first Iranian dynasty was recorded on 2800 BC.
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