19 Jan '11, 5am

Iran has banned the production of Valentine's Day gifts to combat what it sees as the spread of Western culture

TEHERAN - IRAN has banned the production of Valentine's Day gifts and any promotion of the day celebrating romantic love to combat what it sees as a spread of Western culture, Iranian media reported. The Feb 14 celebration named after a Christian saint is not officially banned but hardliners have repeatedly warned about the corruptive spread of Western values. Under Iran's Islamic law, unmarried couples are not allowed to mingle. The printing works owners' union issued an instruction on the ban, imposed by Iranian authorities, covering gifts such as cards, boxes with the symbols of hearts and red roses. 'Honouring foreign celebrations is the spread of Western culture,' said the union's head, Mr Ali Nikou Sokhan, ILNA news agency reported. 'Our country has an ancient civilisation and various days to honour kindness, love and affection.' Valentine's Day has become increasing...

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