Pakistan looking up to ban Valentine’s Day celebrations in public spaces: sources

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

23rd Jan, 2021. 09:41 pm
Valentine's Day banned in Pakistan

Government of Pakistan is looking up to ban Valentine’s Day, prohibiting the celebration of Valentine’s Day in public spaces across Pakistan.

According to sources, protests against Valentine’s Day in Pakistan have become more commonplace as the day’s popularity has grown.

However, it is currently unclear what measures the government will take in enforcing this ban, sources added.

Earlier in 2018, the Pakistan high court had banned the lovers’ day celebrations and its promotion on social media after accepting a petition which argued that it was un-Islamic.

The order was issued by the Islamabad High Court on the petition submitted by a citizen.

The petitioner had urged the court that this day was not part of the Muslim tradition and its promotions on the mainstream and social media should be banned.

The court accepted the petition and had ordered the administration to take action to stop the celebration of Valentine’s Day in the country.

Apart from the government, the print and electronic media had been warned to stop all Valentine’s promotions.

Valentine Day had been controversial in Pakistan and every year zealots of religious parties try to terrorise youngsters celebrating the day.

What is Valentine’s Day?

St Valentine’s Day is an annual festival to celebrate romantic love, friendship and admiration. Every year on 14 February people celebrate this day by sending messages of love and affection to partners, family and friends. Couples send cards and flowers and spend special time together to honour their love for each other.

How did this day develop?

It wasn’t until more than 200 years later that 14 February was proclaimed St Valentine’s Day. By this time Rome had become Christian and the Catholic Church was determined to stamp out any remaining paganism. A pagan fertility ritual was held in February each year and the Pope abolished this festival.

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