Russian province bans Valentine’s Day

February 12th, 2011 - 12:23 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Moscow, Feb 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A Russian province doesn’t want anybody living there to have anything to do with the Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February.

The day is one of the most important on the calendar of the Western world. Revelers of the day have set the day aside to show all manners of love. It has been observed for a very long time.

This year though, one Russian province, Belgorod might not be taking part in the celebrations on the day. Authorities in the province have warned that the day should just be allowed to pass without any special activities in the province.

A letter has been sent to the schools and all other government institutions in the country to do well and refrain from any form of celebrations during the day. Hotels, drinking pubs and other such places have also been warned that they shouldn’t have any special program on the 14th of February in honor of the Valentine’s Day.

According to the Russian media, the move has the full backing of the province’s Russian Orthodox Church. The deputy governor of the province signed the letters that were distributed to the government institutions.

A senior official of the province, Grigory Bolotnikov, was quoted by the Russian media as saying, “The very atmosphere of these holidays does not foster the formation of spiritual and moral values in youth, and holding them primarily benefits commercial organizations.”

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