The Cupid has been making its place in the hearts of many since a quite a long time from now. The divine arrow that he shots soaked with the tiny beads of love has been connotative of the lust and charm that love is thought to bring. However, bad news for the little guy getting ready for the V-Day is that he is not greeted with open arms and welcomed with warm smiling faces anymore. Not to the same extent anymore!
Countries around the world are raising anti-valentines day emotions and bringing public policies. These policies are meant to discourage V-day to the best possible level. These countries are not just doing this on Religious basis but also on the grounds of moral and cultural values. They believe their values would be “Polluted” by adopting a borrowed western cultural norm i.e. The Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated on the 14th of February every year.
However, a popular thought is that only the Muslims countries are against the tradition, which in reality is half the truth, many non-Muslims and liberal countries and states are also begging to discourage this trend, based on reasons more than one!
We here list down the Muslim as well as non-Muslim parts of the globe who have turned down the Valentines’ Day on reasons similar as well as different from each other, their beliefs against this tradition will also be stated:
The Muslims Countries banning Valentine’s Day:
1. Pakistan - Battling the "UnIslamic" norm
Pakistan has become a current addition to the anti V-Day sentiment and has gotten successful in banning the Valentine’s Day celebrations in public after the court of the country passed a bill saying “Valentin’s is an unIslamic approach and must be discouraged amongst the public and the through the media; electronic as well as print.”
Those violating the orders have been warned, “the media will be duly monitored”
Meanwhile, the local people got onto streets the last year and vowed to celebrate this UnIslamic, unethical norm by calling it as the “Hijab day” or the “Haya Day” meaning the “Day of Chastity”. The names tells it all!
2. Indonesia - Banning the dirty-dealings:
Valentine’s Day is being banned in Indonesia (a Secular country) is aiming to ban valentine’s day on the grounds that it promotes Unethical and UnIslamic deeds that can contaminate the society. The celebrations, as well as selling of gifts or any items depicting such a norm, are prohibited. Even though the Holiday is still popular among the public, the officials are causing a major bang against the holiday.
While most of the teenagers around the world consider this day as a great opportunity to express their love for their class mates or anybody else, the Indonesian teenagers are turning out real different, with them chanting slogans against this day, such as: “Say No To Valentines!!”
3. Saudi Arabia - lashing the festival:
Saudi Arabia being home to the religious epicenter of the Muslims is creating a major wave against Valentine’s festival. The administrators are prohibiting the sales of purchase of anything that represents a celebration of this day. However, practices continue leading a major black marketing potential inside the country.
The religious leaders consider this an UnIslamic and originally Christian tradition. Muslims are warned to be publicly lashed or prisoned. However, if a non-Muslims wish to celebrate the event he is asked to do so privately.
The lineup goes on with Iran and Malaysia also making it to the list, owing to their Islamic beliefs.
Non-Muslims Countries Against the V-Day:
1. India - Extreme-bashing the Western-ly Festive:
Indians have always been known to have been conservative and less welcoming to anything that is western or has anything to do wit west. The reason behind this mentality could be the British colonization history. The Hindu nationalist party Mahasabha has come up with a rare approach in their backlash against this tradition.
They cite that any girl and guy who will be found dating or spotted out together on the valentine’s day will be forced to marry each other, they will not be allowed to keep a relationship out of the wedlock. A religious leader will make them get into a marriage relationship and their parents will also be notified.
Why has a “pseudo-liberal” country like India surfaced such an initiative? The answer probably lies in the fact that modern readers believe that this is probably going to bring western norms into their blood, thus contaminating it!
2. Japan - Smashing the Unfair Day
A Japanese group called the “Revolutionary Alliance of Men that Women find Unattractive launched” launched their anti-valentine’s campaign called “Smash the Valentine’s Day”. The group is of the opinion that “a festival of this sort aims to value the “good-looking” members of the society and is a day when people like us are crushed and pushed. We would not accept this LOVE CAPITALISM because love is fair, so should all related festivals be! this is unacceptable, this is unforgivable!”
3. Russia - Securing the Spirituality:
Well yes, you read it right! Russia the magnanimous Russia is taking recent measures to ensure Spiritual security. The logic that Russian government keeps is that we must throw festivals like Halloween and Valentine out of the society because they are capable of threatening the spiritual roots of the country. Valentine’s day is a morale-killing day, that needs to be appreciated, the officials consider.
4. Florida -
A school principal from the state of Florida has banned any sort of public celebration of the V-day. The schools of the area have enforced this ban. The officials say: “any student aiming to show gestures that depict the celebrating the day; whether in terms of red clothes, or flowers or gifts etc will have to surrender the gifts. We are not letting this happen, our youth could be motivated by things that might affect their academic and moral potential!”
While many might be raising voices against the bans, celebrating it but not disclosing the celebration. The valentine’s day has lost the intensity and ardor that it used to possess in the past, not anymore!
What is your take on the festival? Are you for or against the ban? Do you believe February must be the month of love and celebration of V-Day with all the fervor? Share your views in the comments below, we value your view!