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Thursday, 14 February, 2002, 15:51 GMT
Valentine's Day pictures
Valentine's Day, named after a Christian patron saint, is celebrated across the world. But it is banned in Saudi Arabia and there have been protests in India.

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
A five-metre house-shaped cake was admired in Tokyo

New York taxi
New York taxi drivers displayed messages on their cars

Elderly couple at an old people's home in Molodechno, about 95km from the Belarus capital, Minsk
At an old people's home in Belarus, they danced

Mass wedding at the National Penitentiary in suburban Manila on 14 February 2002
Convicted criminals in the Philippines tied the knot in a mass wedding

Buying Valentine presents in Tehran
Valentine's Day is catching on in Muslim Iran

Reflection of Valentine stuff in a shop window in Riyadh
But in Saudi Arabia, where the Christian festival is banned, shops were closed on Valentine's Day

Shiv Sena activists demonstrating in Bombay
Hindu nationalists fear Valentine's Day is undermining their traditions

Love birds at the Brent Lodge Park Animal Centre, Hanwell, West London
These love birds kissing in London are on the verge of extinction


See also:

14 Feb 02 | Arts
Publishing for love's sake
01 Feb 02 | South Asia
Indian romantics to revive love letters
14 Feb 99 | Valentine
The accidental patron
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