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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Iran vs. Valentine's Day

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Here's a suggestion for all the haters who love to hate on Valentine's Day. How about an exciting, at best questionably romantic, getaway trip to Iran? They hate heart day too:

Iran has banned the production of Valentine's Day gifts and any promotion of the day celebrating romantic love to combat what it sees as a spread of Western culture, Iranian media reported. The February 14 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.

Oh.

Valentine's Day has become increasingly popular among the Iranian youth and is a money-maker for businesses in a country where 70 percent of people are 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," read the instruction. "Authorities will take legal action against those who ignore the ban."

Sounds like you should be pretty free from the lovey dovey hassle there, guys. For those of you snuggling with your sweetiekins closer to home, keep your eyes peeled here, because our annual Reader Valentines issue is coming up quick-like—you'll be able to start submitting your sweet nothings tomorrow at 5 pm! Get them in early, before this super-popular feature fills up, and proclaim your love in print, at no charge, for all of Portland to witness! Now, get composing!

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