In Southern India,
members of a Hindu political party recently gathered to burn Valentine's Day
One protestor said he is against what he called the "cultural exploitation" of the day. He added people sharing sexual greetings with each other in public in the name of Valentine's Day should be strongly condemned.
Many Islamic nations, including Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, have banned the celebration of Valentine's Day.
In Malaysia, officials have warned Muslims against celebrating. The warning follows plans announced last week by several Malaysian states to crack down on "immoral acts" during Valentine's Day as part of a campaign to encourage a sin-free lifestyle.
The head of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department, which oversees the country's Islamic policies, told state media, "In reality, as well as historically, the celebration of Valentine's Day is synonymous with vice activities."
Valentine's Day has been outlawed in Iran as well. Officials say they will take action against those who ignore the ban.
In Dubai, which has traditionally permitted celebration of Valentine's Day, the tourism authority has banned the sale of alcohol because of the day's proximity of the Prophet Mohammed's birthday, which falls on Tuesday, February 15.
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