Iran draws the line at Valentine’s Day, cracks down on ‘decadent Western culture’

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Iran is cracking down on Valentine’s Day celebrations in an effort to fight “decadent Western culture.”

Iranian woman considers a gift on Feb. 12, 2012.
Iranian woman considers a gift on Feb. 12, 2012.

Iranian police have told shops not to display or promote Valentine’s Day items.

The police directive also said that coffee shops and juice bars should prevent gatherings in which boys and girls exchange Valentine’s Day gifts, including flowers, chocolate, and stuffed animals.

Despite similar warnings and crackdown attempts, the annual February 14 Valentine’s Day celebrations have in recent years become increasingly popular among young Iranians.

The romantic holiday is being celebrated even among the residents of Iran’s holy city of Qom, Iranian conservative media have reported.

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