A Bizarre Ban On Valentines Day

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Leave it to the middle east, A court in Pakistan has banned public celebrations of Valentine’s Day in the capital, Islamabad, on the grounds that it is not part of Muslim culture.

Valentine’s Day is considered contrary to Islamic Teaching. According to the Dawn newspaper, a petition argued that the festival promoted immorality, nudity, and indecency under the cover of spreading love.

The ban does not affect shops and restaurants, but it is the first time such a ruling has been imposed in the capital.

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Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

Several martyrdom stories associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14 were added to later martyrologies, including a popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome which indicated he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. ~ Excerpted from Wikipedia

There have been other localised measures. Last year local officials in Kohat, in north-west Pakistan, banned the sale of Valentine cards and goods, and Peshawar local council banned celebrations.

However, officials in both places later said the bans had been discarded or ignored for being unpopular. Perhaps this ban will meet a similar fate?

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