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A Loveless Place: Celebrating Valentine’s Day In Iran Sunday Would Have Got You Thrown In Jail

February 15, 2016

On Sunday, millions of couples around the world exchanged flowers, candies and hearts to show their love to one another. However, one place that didn’t participate was Iran.


As the U.S. government tries to appease the ruthless government in control of Iran, we can easily lose sight of just how radical they are. Valentine’s Day celebration became a punishable offense in 2011 when the state media announced:

“Symbols of hearts, half-hearts, red roses, and any activities promoting this day are banned… authorities will take action against those who ignore the ban.”

Ahead of this year’s holiday, retailers were once again warned against “the promotion of Western culture through Valentine’s Day rituals.”
To be fair, Iran isn’t alone in this. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia also ban Valentine’s Day. In fact, a Saudi blogger was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2012 for a number of charges including one related to Valentine’s Day.
How did you celebrate your Valentine’s Day? Share your story in the comments below!