Valentine’s Day in Saudi Arabia

Every year, officials with the conservative Muslim kingdom’s
Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice clamp
down on shops a few days before February 14, instructing them to remove
red roses, red wrapping paper, gift boxes and teddy bears. On the eve
of the holiday, they raid stores and seize symbols of love.

Here is more, with a thanks to BZ for the pointer.  Yes, this morning I was crying at Heathrow, and not just because they didn’t have an open gate to receive our flight.


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