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Islamerican Valentine's

2010-02-24
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Negli ultimi giorni ho collezionato un buon numero di notizie sulla festa di  San Valentino nel mondo islamico.

Mi sembrava un buon modo per monitorare questa nostra monociviltà planetaria.

Trovate qui la mia collezione: vi consiglio il pezzo sulla “giornata senza slip” in Malesia e vi avverto che c’è anche il solito “rimbalzo” da “Ebraismo e dintorni” .

Dal florilegio tiro fuori questo articolo di al-Arabiya, che ha il pregio di essere generalista e, allo stesso tempo, di produrre un certo surreale e involontario umor nero.

Faccio un riassuntino:

  1. In Baghdad Valentines is a welcome respite from the city’s frequent bomb attacks […] The holiday was also welcomed in Lebanon and Syria where couples took romantic strolls, bought roses from street vendors and gave each other teddy bears.
  2. Love is all around in the streets of Tehran on Valentine’s Day this year with young men and women openly holding hands and exchanging red roses, and shops decked with red ribbons, candles and heart-shaped red balloons.
  3. In Saudi Arabia warnings were directed at individuals by the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice against celebrating the holiday of love. Flower and gift shops are not allowed to sell any items related to Valentine’s Day and restaurants and cafes are banned from showing any signs of celebration […] However, the day never goes by unnoticed. Young people still buy flowers a couple of days before the 14th. More than 50% of Saudis celebrate Valentine’s in their houses, especially in big cities like Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam.
  4. Hip young romantics in Pakistan’s most dangerous city are splashing out on text messages and teddy bears, defying Taliban bombers and conservative parents to find love this Valentine’s Day.
  5. Muslim leaders in Indonesia on Friday told the faithful not to celebrate Valentine’s Day because it is sinful and leads to “free sex.” […] “The day is often celebrated by young, unmarried people. They celebrate Valentine’s Day by holding hands or having free sex, which they are not supposed to be doing,” he said.

Ovviamente dalla festa di San Valentino si toglie il “San”.

Ma questo è un re-branding americano di vecchia data, una cosa che fa molto comodo all’islamercato, mentre noi italiani conserviamo il “San” esattamente per lo stesso motivo: il marketing.

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One Response to Islamerican Valentine's

  1. […] Un anno fa ponevo alcune riflessioni sulla festa di San Valentino in terra d’islam. […]

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