Iranian officials says it is cracking down on Valentine’s Day celebrations, and shops engaging in them will be guilty of a crime.
Iranian news reported the police on Friday, warning business against promoting “sinful Western culture through Valentine’s Day rituals.” Police informed Tehran’s coffee and ice cream shops, trade union to avoid any gatherings in which boys and girls exchange gifts.
The annual Feb. 14 honor to romance, which tradition says is named after an early Christian killed priest. It has become popular in recent years in Iran and other Middle East countries.
This is the Islamic Republic drive against the spread of Western culture ideas.
In November Kentucky Fried Chicken shut down in Tehran’s . A sign posted on its door read it was “closed until further notice.”
The reason given: Its decor too closely resembled the U.S. flag. Also its presence was seen “as a part of American influence into Iranian culture,” Tehran’s police agency said, adding that the U.S. “is one of Iran’s major enemies and this will have grave dangers for the country.”
Saudi Arabia has also sought to stamp out Valentine’s Day but Dubai it is celebrated.
A Pakistani court has issued a ruling against observing Valentine’s Day in public places across the country.
The Islamabad High Court also ordered local media not to publicise anything related to the day, petitioner Abdul Waheed told DPA.
Majid Bhatti, a lawyer at the IHC, confirmed that the court order covered the entire country.
Valentine’s Day draws mixed responses from people every year with many voicing objections, citing religious teachings.
Last year, President Mamnoon Hussain had urged people not to observe Valentine’s Day because it was not a Muslim, but a Western tradition.