One of the most celebrated occasions all over the world is Valentine’s Day. Every single year on the 14th day of February, couples, families, and even friends all get together on this day to celebrate a day full of love and laughter.
Have you ever imagined what it will be like if there is no such thing as “Valentine’s Day?” I bet it’s hard to do so. But, this Indonesian city officially bans any type of celebration on Valentine’s day in order to “maintain the purity of Islamic values.”
According to Daily Mail, in Banda Aceh, a city with over 270,000 in population, young couples have been told that they will be “defying Islamic law” if they insist on celebrating hearts’ day.
Aminullah Usman, the mayor of the City says he had signed and issued a circular urging youngster in the city to refrain from taking part in any kind of activities in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
The Jakarta Post also says that Aceh is the only region in Muslim-majority Indonesia that imposes Sharia law, which stipulates flogging as a punishment for crimes related to Islamic morality, such as adultery, gambling as well as gay and premarital sex.
Well, it’s safe to say that Aceh is only trying to live up to its traditions and are keen on keeping this tradition intact from one generation to another.
As for the rest of the world, all we need is to respect Aceh’s way of non-celebration on Valentine’s day. After all, the world needs love and not hate everyone in it.