Love in the air for Iranians defying Valentine's ban

Gallery: Young Iranians abandon thoughts of sanctions in favor of shopping and gifts to celebrate love.

By REUTERS
February 14, 2012 21:04
3 minute read.
An Iranian woman takes a Valentine's Day cookie at

Valentine's Day in Tehran 311. (photo credit: REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

 
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Despite rising tensions with the West over its nuclear ambitions, many Tehran restaurants were fully booked and young Iranians could be seen out browsing gift shops in the capital to buy presents for loved ones in defiance of a ban on Valentine's Day items aimed at preventing the spread of "Western culture."

Iranian authorities banned the sale of Valentine cards and other heart-shaped products last year and police have warned that action will be taken against those who violate the ban.

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