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Valentine's celebrations banned in Bukittinggi

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Padang   /   Thu, February 14 2008   /  11:56 am

The Bukittinggi municipal administration has banned residents from celebrating Valentine's Day, on Thursday, on the grounds the occasion is not in line with Minangkabau traditions or Islam. "The Valentine's Day celebration is not our culture as it usually relates closely to immoral acts where, during the celebration, young couples tend to hug and even kiss each other. This is an immoral act, right?" Bukittinggi Deputy Mayor Ismet Amzis told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. A similar prohibition was implemented by the administration on cafes, restaurants, hotels and other tourist sites planning to hold Valentine's Day celebrations. The administration said it would enforce existing regional regulations on "immoral act eradication" and take companies that celebrated the day to court. A number of permits already issued for Valentine's Day activ...