AcehHTrend.co – The government of the capital of the Aceh province recently issued a renewed warning to its citizens that celebrations in the city are forbidden in all forms.
That includes the sending of flowers and chocolates and even the putting up of Valentine’s Day accessories in public places like malls and cafes.
“Citizens and the young generation are not allowed to celebrate days that aren’t part of Islamic culture. The law says it is haram. The city government must protect its citizens from acts that are haram,” said Banda Aceh Mayor Illiza Saaduddin Djamal, as quoted by MetroTV.
The ban on Valentine’s Day in Banda Aceh and other parts of Aceh has actually been enforced for years.
Illiza said that signs enforcing the prohibition will be put up in public spaces and that the police as well as the Wilayatul Hisbah Syariah Police will be going around the city on Valentine’s Day to enforce the prohibition.
Those caught violating it will be “re-educated” so they won’t have the nerve to publicly celebrate love again in the future. (jakarta.coconuts.co/Metrotvnews)