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Many big cities in Indonesia banned the celebration of Valentine's Day


Banned the celebration of Valentine's Day  Banned the celebration of Valentine's Day - Valentine's Day is prohibited in several cities in Indonesia on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 when police rounded up amorous couples, giving the official kiss-off. Because of this tradition according to the critics not worth doing in a country with a Muslim majority.

The prohibitions comes amid fears that Indonesians who traditionally reject pre-marital sex - including gay sex - are illegal and punishable by imprisonment.

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the authorities in the country's second-biggest city Surabaya briefly detained about two dozen couples during a raid to sniff out any sign of Valentine's Day celebrations.

The city of Mataram on the tourist island of Lombok also issued its own Valentine's Day ban and ordered the police to go to schools, hotels and cafes.

Syamsu Rizal, deputy mayor of Makassar on the island of Sulawesi, said that his city was forbade to makes a Valentine's celebration, while Depok, a place on the outskirts of Jakarta also followed that rule.

Makassar has imposed a ban on Valentine's Day over the past few years.

In 2017, the city government raided a multipurpose store to pick up condoms in an attempt to stop teenagers having sex on February 14.

At least 10 cities across the world's largest Muslim-majority country issue a full or partial ban on Valentine's Day celebrations.

The province of Aceh, the only place in Indonesia to implement Islamic law, issued a new Valentine ban on Wednesday, with citing religious norms. This prohibition has also been applied in previous years.

"Valentine's Day reflects a culture that is inconsistent with the laws of Aceh and Islam," provincial governor Irwandi Yusuf said in a statement.

Islamic scholars use the opportunity to criticize what they see as Western decadence.

But many Indonesians practice a moderate form of Islam and celebrate Valentine's Day with cards, chocolates and flowers for their loved ones.


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