The Indonesian city of Banda Aceh has informed young couples that Valentine’s Day has been banned in order to “maintain the purity of Islamic values”, and if they celebrate the occasion, they will be “defying Islamic law”. Restaurants, hotels, and entertainment venues have also been warned against hosting any events.
Aminullah Usman, the city’s mayor, said that they would like to inform the public that Valentine’s Day goes against Islamic law, and they would like to maintain the purity of Islamic values and strengthen Islamic laws.
The mayor said that he had signed a circular in which he urged youngsters in the city to refrain from taking part in any kind of activities and celebration of Valentine’s Day, and he added that V-Day goes against Aceh’s traditions. The city is the capital of Aceh province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, and it has a population of around 270,000.
The region of Aceh is the only one in Indonesia that imposes Sharia law.
A similar circular has been issued by the Bandung Education Agency in West Java, and it prohibits elementary and junior high school students in the city from celebrating Valentine’s Day.
According to Bandung Education Agency secretary Cucu Saputra, the prohibition had been in place for a few years in order to prevent students from engaging in “improper activities” on February 14. According to him, celebrating Valentine’s Day goes against the norms and culture of Indonesia.