By: John Lester
Published: Jan 18, 2021
Iran bans production of Valentine's gifts & celebrations. Iran bans the production of Valentine's Day gifts and any promotion of the day. The Iranian government says that celebrating romantic love to combat what it sees as a spread of Western culture.
The Valentine's celebration named after a Christian saint is not officially banned but hardliners have repeatedly warned about the corruptive spread of Western values. Under Iran's Islamic law, unmarried couples are not allowed to mingle. The production of printing works for gifts is now forbidden by Iranian authorities.
"Honoring foreign celebrations is the spread of Western culture," government spokesman Ali Nikou Sokhan said. "Our country has an ancient civilization and various days to honor kindness, love and affection." Valentine's Day has become increasingly popular among the Iranian youth and is a money-maker for businesses in the country.
More than 70 percent of the population under 30 and have no memory of the 1979 Islamic revolution which toppled the U.S.-backed Shah. "Printing and producing any products related to Valentine's Day, including posters, brochures, advertising cards, boxes with the symbols of hearts, half-hearts, red roses and any activities promoting this day are banned," the government measure read. "Authorities will take legal action against those who ignore the ban."
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