Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Pakistan ban Valentine's day - Do they even know what it is?

A post in Mashable read “Make rules, not love? Pakistan bans Valentine's Day for being un-Islamic”
The contents of this post stated that A Pakistan court has banned Valentine’s Day celebrations across the country WITH IMMEDIATE EFECT because they considered it promotes sex, alcohol and drug use.
Then I, who obviously had no idea until now as to why Feb-14 is celebrated went to the internet and opened Wikipedia and found this
“Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell” This happened in Rome by the way.
Then I read this :
“The concept of Valentine's Day was introduced into Pakistan during the late 1990s with special TV and radio programs. The Jamaat-e-Islami political party has called for the banning of Valentine's Day celebration. Despite this, the celebration is becoming popular among urban youth and the florists expect to sell a great amount of flowers, especially red roses. The case is the same with card publishers.
In 2016, local governing body of Peshwar officially banned the celebration of Valentine's Day in the city of Peshwar. The ban was also implemented in other city such as Kohat by the local government.
In 2017, the Islamabad High Court banned Valentine's Day celebrations in public in Pakistan”
Now, was it clear to me that Valentine’s Day was celebrated and later a Political party stopped it. Why? Because it was someone’s idea but let’s not get into that.
And just so everyone knows, this is how we started the celebration
“In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart", as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine's Malady).”
It is only by giving presents that we started this celebration, and we are not so blind to see or even naive to understand that as we evolved, trends and fashion also evolved and so did our methods of celebration.
Does it not depend on us, how we celebrate?
If expressing our love by presenting gifts is the traditional way then how did Pakistan come to the conclusion that it promotes, sex, alcohol and drug use?
What’ll they do, if a husband buys a cool gift and presents to his wife and says he loves her?

Thank you for reading this post and enjoy Valentine's day by giving gifts.