If you happen to be in Saudi Arabia, good luck trying to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
It was reported by the BBC on 11th February 2008 that the religious police in that country have banned the sale of any gifts related to Valentine’s Day, and that surely included red roses.
Shop owners have been warned to remove all items red in colour off the displays, including red wrapping paper.
That surely only made red roses highly sought after in the black market.
An alternative for those wishing to celebrate was to go to less strict countries like Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
I wonder if the same reaction would be accorded to mothers day gift ideas red envelope because it seems anything in red and remotely foreign would trigger alarm bells.
The BBC, 11 Feb 2008