Indonesian city bans Valentine's Day

An Indonesian city has banned couples from celebrating Valentine's Day.

The mayor of Banda Aceh has warned couples that the romantic tradition goes against Islamic law and is not a part of their culture in Muslim-majority Indonesia.

Hotels and restaurants have also been ordered not to host any Valentine's Day events.

Mayor Aminullah Usman told news agency Antara on Tuesday that the decision to ban Valentine's Day would "strengthen Islamic laws".

"To maintain the purity of Islamic values...we would like to inform the public that Valentine's Day goes against Islamic law and is not a part of Aceh's culture," the Banda Aceh mayor said.

An official document was signed and issued on Monday ordering couples not to take part in any Valentine's Day related activities.

West Java's Bandung Education Agency issued a similar order banning high school students from celebrating Valentine's Day to prevent teenagers from engaging in improper activities.

The secretary of the education agency Cucu Saputra said the ban had been in place in Bandung for a few years.

"Valentine's Day is not a part of our culture and goes against religious norms."

Aceh is the only Indonesian region that imposes sharia law which prescribes flogging as a punishment for crimes that conflict with Islamic morality.

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