Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrates Valentine’s Day for the first time.
The day used to be considered illegal in Saudi Arabia. However, this is the first time after decades that the day is being celebrated.
The celebration was considered ‘haram” around three years ago. Florists and confectioners were asked to hide red roses and heart-shaped chocolates due to fear of commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV).
Apart from that, restaurants’ owners had banned celebrations on 14th Feb, as they were afraid of arrest and closure.
The ban was lifted in 2018 when former Makkah CPVPV President Sheikh AHMED Qasim Al-Ghamdi Valentine’s Day did not oppose Islamic teachings.
He had also said that celebrating love is not restricted to Non-Muslims.
Valentine’s Day has finally brightened up everyone’s lives today. Not to mention, those who have someone special are preparing for it in full swing whereas the people without a Valentine are going to spend a usual Friday or weekend.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Valentine’s Day has faced a lot of criticism, especially in conservative societies. Whether it is permissible to celebrate the day or not seems unclear to date. Not everyone is aware of the story and events behind Valentine’s Day.
Thereby, in today’s post, we are going to explore why the 14th of February is considered an important day and why Valentine’s Day has been celebrated with zeal over the decades.