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Wednesday, 14 February, 2001, 18:58 GMT
In pictures: Valentine's Day around the world
St Valentine's Day, celebrated around the world on 14 February, has been unable to escape controversy.

The Chinese authorities are suspicious of the religious origins of the celebrations, while conservative Hindus in India consider Valentine's Day to be an alien Western import.

However, neither ideological objection or militant intervention appears to have been able to check the growing international popularity of this day.


Parisians release doves
Parisians release white doves in front of a wall with 1,000 'I Love You' in 300 languages

Officials confiscating flowers
In atheist China, flowers may be confiscated - but observance of the day catches on regardless

Restaurant in Delhi
Indian protesters disrupted festivities which they consider against Hindu culture

Bangladesh
But there were no religious objections in neighbouring Bangladesh

Emirates
Shops in the United Arab Emirates cash in on the occasion

Elephants getting married in Thailand
Tonnes of love in Thailand, where conservationists organised an elephant wedding

Swans
English swans are not shy of a public display of affection



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