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February 13, 2005

No Valentine's Day for the Saudis

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Saudi's aren't allowed to celebrate St. Valentine's Day because it doesn't comply with their religion. Florists who are caught selling flowers could face a night in jail.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's morality police are on the scent of illicit red roses as part of a clampdown on would-be St Valentine's lovers in the strict Muslim kingdom.

The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Saudi Arabia's powerful religious vigilantes, have banned shops from selling any red flowers in the run-up to February 14.

Coming to a neighborhood near you if the Islamists have their way, Saudi Arabia's purist version of Islam recognizes only two religious occasions a year -- the Muslim feasts after the fasting month of Ramadan and the Haj pilgrimage.

From the Political Teen

Posted by Hyscience at February 13, 2005 8:16 PM

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