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In pictures: Valentine's Day

A woman looks for a Valentine's Day gift in a shop in Jakarta, Indonesia

People across the world, including here in Jakarta, Indonesia, are celebrating Valentine's Day, named after the Christian patron saint for lovers.

Flowers are offered as Valentine's Day grooms arrive for a mass wedding ceremony in Bangkok

In Thailand, a mass wedding ceremony - involving nearly 30 couples - was staged in the capital, Bangkok.

Traditional Thai dancers in Bangkok

Traditional Thai dancers performed before the ceremony.

Couples in a kissing contest in Chengdu, China

In China, a kissing contest proved to be an instant hit in the south-western city of Chengdu.

Newly married Filipino couples walk after planting mangrove saplings

In the Philippines, some 100 couples exchanged their vows at a ceremony on the western island of Palawan. The newlyweds also planted mangrove saplings.

Boys write a message on snow in Shimla, India

Boys in the Indian town of Shimla came up with a novel idea to express their feelings.

Two women walk in heavy snow with Valentine's Day presents in Vladivostok

Even blizzards could not spoil the day for these two women in Russia's far-eastern city of Vladivostok.

Protesters burn Valentine's Day cards at a rally in Karachi

The festivities - which have gained popularity in Pakistan in recent years - were denounced as un-Islamic by protesters in the city of Karachi.

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