Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Saint Valentine.....He would roll in his grave if he knew

The world is awash in commercialism. Nothing wrong with that.  Capitalism has brought us the iPhone, iPad and Facebook.  Is there anything else?  Oh, a couple more things,  high-frequency trading, dark pools and zero-interest rates.  Don't know if I will attempt to go shoulder-to-shoulder with the crowds tonight.  Here is how they handle Valentines day in Iran.

In the first part of the 21st century, the celebration of Valentine's Day in Iran has been harshly criticized by Islamic Teachers who see the celebrations as opposed to Islamic culture. In 2011, the Iranian printing works owners' union issued a directive banning the printing and distribution of any goods promoting the holiday, including cards, gifts and teddy bears. "Printing and producing any goods related to this day including posters, boxes and cards emblazoned with hearts or half-hearts, red roses and any activities promoting this day are banned... Outlets that violate this will be legally dealt with", the union warned.[79][

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