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Thursday, 14 February, 2002, 11:41 GMT
In pictures: Valentine's Day in Asia
Valentine's Day, named after a Christian patron saint, is not traditionally celebrated in Asia. But if these pictures are anything to go by, it seems to be catching on.

Brides-to-be Patteeya Chaikam, left, Koranun Moonut, centre and On-Achara Kwamphaiboon, right, look on as the grooms ride past on elephants
Thailand is using 14 February to boost tourism - by holding elaborate wedding ceremonies in exotic surroundings.

Ting Jaisawas, 81, left, shows marriage certificates after registering with his 58-year-old bride Kadao Takachai, right,
Bangkok's Bangrak district, or District of Love, had hundreds of couples queuing up to be the first to marry there.

Flower stall, Kuala Lumpur
Valentine's Day is slowing growing in appeal in Malaysian cities, where it is known as Lovers' Day.

A scout ranger trainee takes time out as he reads a Valentine's card sent by his friend at the Cabunbata Scout Ranger camp in Basilan island, southern Philippines
Valentine's Day even touched this soldier in the southern Philippines, who was sent a special card from a friend.

Nursery school children admire a  5-metre-tall cake made of 300kg (661 lbs) sugar, 100kg (220lbs) of eggs, 50kg (110 lbs) of chocolate and 2,000 cookies
Japanese confectioners used Valentine's Day as a commercial opportunity - showing off a five-metre house-shaped cake.

Jai Williams (L), a dancer from New York-base all-male classical ballet company Trockadero de Monte Carlo, greets fans  in Tokyo
A group of all-male classical ballet dancers were in Tokyo for Valentine's events, to raise money for 11 September charities.

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