Saudis clamp down on valentines

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Religious police in Saudi Arabia are banning the sale of Valentine's Day gifts including red roses, a local newspaper has reported.

The Saudi Gazette quoted shop workers as saying that officials had warned them to remove all red items including flowers and wrapping paper.

Black market prices for roses were already rising, the paper said.

Saudi authorities consider Valentine's Day, along with a host of other annual celebrations, as un-Islamic.

In addition to the prohibition on celebrating non-Islamic festivals, the authorities consider Valentine's Day as encouraging relations between men and women outside wedlock - punishable by law in the conservative kingdom.

The Saudi Gazette reported that some people placed orders with florists days or weeks before Valentine's Day in anticipation of the ban, which is a regular occurrence.

"Sometimes we deliver the bouquets in the middle of the night or early morning, to avoid suspicion," one florist said.

Others were planning to travel to the more religiously liberal neighbouring countries, Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates, to celebrate.
Saudi Arabian authorities impose a strict Islamic code that prevents men and women from mixing.

There, someone finally found a way to get rid of that money grab of a day.

But since I'm not Muslim, nor in Saudi Arabia..... *saunters off to the dollarama*

Yeah that's right, I'm a cheap bastach.
lone wolf
Man ... canya ever imagine what will happen if the Bible belters ever grab power here? Extremist vs extremist (and no like nobody)

Expression of love gets the clamp down, terrorism... not so much.

Every year around Valentine's Day, some people get all bent out of shape over not having someone to share it with. Royally pissed off that it's a "Hallmark holiday/Money grab and will go damn near ballistic over it in discussion. I don't understand it at all.

I love Valentines Day and I'm snogging the wife every chance I get that day. Not that we don't on other days, but we get to go all out on Valentines day.

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