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No teddy for your Tehran tallulah

Excellent news for the sour-hearted or recently-seperated/divorced/dumped: all the schmultzy, commercialised, red and pink coloured merchandise that usually appears on the shelves ahead of the 14 February can now be avoided. Simply book a flight to the Middle East for February where officials are moving to ban St. Valentine's Day festivities and all the day entails.

The origins of St. Valentine's Day date back to the execution of a Christian martyr hundreds of years ago and for an islamic country, celebrating love and affection and overdosing on aphrodisiacs such as oysters, strawberries and chocolate is a sure way to encourage the unwanted influence of Western culture, the Huffington post reveals.

'Iran's semiofficial ILNA news agency reports Sunday that a state directive now bans any cards, gifts, teddy bears or other tokens of the day.' 'Other Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia also have sought to stamp out Valentine's Day. But it's celebrated widely in nearby places such as Dubai.'

Think how much heavier your wallet would be every year if they also moved to ban Christmas with it's tradition of gift-giving. Oh...hold on a second...

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