Valentine’s Day in Iran

Oh dear, it looks like Valentine’s Day is no more here in Iran. Shops in Iran have been banned from selling Valentine cards and gifts as the traditional lovers’ day gains increasing popularity in the Islamic republic

In the run-up to Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 the printing works owners’ union issued a directive banning the printing and distribution of any goods promoting this day. This includes posters, boxes and cards emblazoned with hearts or half-hearts, red roses and any activities promoting Valentine’s Day.The backlash in the Islamic Republic is part of a drive against the spread of Western culture.

What a shame, but it’s quite nice to avoid the over-commercialisation of such celebrations and get back to the true meaning of what Valentine’s Day is all about. You can tell someone you love them, and express your love very well without the need for cards, over-priced red roses and expensive dinners. So maybe here in Iran they have it right after all.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I love You!


3 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day in Iran

  1. I got a Valentine’s card with Happy Mother’s Day on it!! Age brings confusion. Hope all is peaceful where you are. xx

  2. Although I’m wary of centralised clamp-downs like this, I read another post today from the U.S.A. which was bemoaning the over-commercialisation of Valentine’s Day. I tend to think of it as quite a private day for lovers. No need for hallmark cards.

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