Friday, February 17, 2012

The different shades of love

Saint Valentine’s Day, originally, is a holiday that honours one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentius.
However, the meaning of “Valentine’s” Day has evolved since then. Millions of people all over the world today celebrate this holiday by giving flowers, chocolates, cards and gifts to each other. For some, it is a celebration between lovers while for others, it is a celebration of love between friends and family.
The photos in this gallery show how people all over the world are celebrating, or not celebrating, Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February 2012.

Indonesian female students from a local Islamic boarding school hold up anti-Valentine's Day placards during a protest in Surabaya, East Java province. Conservative Indonesian Islamic groups denounced Valentine's Day, saying it is un-Islamic, promoting promiscuity, casual sex and consumption of alcohol while other groups described the day as foreign cultural influence.
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