14th February is Valentines Day in much of the western world, but is a banned activity in Saudi Arabia.
The rest of the Gulf appears to have embraced the idea and everyone will send everyone (espcially girls to girls) enormous bunches of flowers, chocolates, teddy bears and greeting cards. Last year the office was covered in red roses and looked quite fabulous.
In Arabic there is no distinction between the English words, 'love' and, 'like' there's just the one word, 'Habb' which can and is used in the following ways; 'I love' [a-habb], I love macdonnalds [a-habb macdonnalds], I love you [a-habb-bick (m)/bitch (f)], I like you [a habb-bick (m)/bitch (f)] .
EmotionsValentines Day seems to spark quite deep emotions in people (check out the anoymous comment at the bottom of the page); some people love it and some don't.
Decided it was better to let the Saudi's speak for themselves than giving my thoughts on the banning. Here's two reports which explain what ~doesn't~ go on quite well.
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