Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Valentine's Day Banned

Valentine's Day has been banned in Saudi Arabia. From the Gulf Times:
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s religious Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice yesterday announced it has banned any celebration of Valentine’s Day, deeming it a ‘pagan’ holiday.

A source at the committee said: “Muslims are not to be involved in any pagan and Christian holidays.”

He said Saudi shop owners were told last week to get rid of their red roses, red clothing “and anything else that implies celebration of this day.”
I suppose St. Patrick's Day is out, too. Damn.