[IN PICTURES] Saudi Arabia celebrating first ‘legal’ valentine’s day today

What was nearly unthinkable about three years back, is a reality today!

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  • Flowers, cheesy balloons, teddy bears and chocolates are a common sight on the roads of the conservative Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today as it celebrates its first-ever ‘legal’ Valentine’s Day today.
  • Prior to this, celebrating the day was deemed ‘unIslamic’.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia looks different today! The once conservative monarchy is all set to celebrate its first-ever ‘legal’ Valentine’s Day this year. 

Previously, celebrating Valentine’s Day was believed to be an ‘unIslamic’ practice. Not only this, but those who observed it were punished and penalized as well. 

Whenever the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) was to visit the markets on Valentine’s Day, the florists used to hide red flowers out of fear. The restaurants and cafes banned birthday or anniversary celebrations on the 14th February fearing arrests and closure.

However, things have started to change in the traditionalist kingdom after Mohammad Bin Salman took over as the Crown Prince. The ambitious, young prince wants to change the orthodox values and turn Saudi Arabia into a progressive modern economy. 

After banning gender segregation in restaurants and opening the first-ever beach for tourists in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia also legalized Valentine’s Day recently. 

In 2018, the former President of Makkah’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) Sheikh Ahmed Qasim Al-Ghamdi declared that Valentine’s Day does not contradict Islamic values. He added that everyone should celebrate love, and it is not a ‘non-Muslim phenomenon’. 

Valentine’s Day celebrations on full-swing:

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