Iran bans Valentine’s Day due to growing popularity
TEHRAN (BNO NEWS) — Iran on Sunday announced that it has banned all items relating to Valentine’s Day as the annual commemoration of love and affection has become increasingly popular in the Islamic country, state-run media reported.
The Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) said all forms of promoting Valentine’s Day had been banned, citing a memo from a union. It said the ban included items relating to the day such as posters, brochures, advertising cards, boxes with heart symbols and red roses.
“Information concerning any activities on this day was banned,” ILNA said, adding that authorities would take legal action against outlets which ignore the ban.
Valentine’s Day is extremely popular in Western countries and the day’s popularity has been growing in Iran, frustrating Iranian authorities who seek to prevent any and all Western influence.
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