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article imageLove triumphs over taboos in Bangladesh Valentine

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 14, 2007 in World
Bangladesh youth show more love in Valentine's day.
Love was in the air at several Dhaka universities on Wednesday as students held concerts and cuddled at rare events to celebrate Valentine's Day in majority Muslim Bangladesh. Up to 10,000 students at Dhaka University, the country's biggest, attended an open air concert despite pouring rain. Some even stole off to hug and kiss on campus in a city where public displays of affection are considered taboo.
Bangladesh is a predominantly Muslim country so this Valentine party is a surprise for many within the country and outside, but is nice to see they are tolerant to some extent. In one Dhaka University, about 10,000 students participated and were seen hugging and kissing. One of the teacher said: "Let them have some time of their own, it comes once in a year,".
The security was tight for the concert, in which some of the teachers and some students' parents also participated. Many students showed up with flowers and gifts for their sweethearts.Similar events were held at other colleges.
"Love runs wild," said a student who also did not want to be named. "Let it flow for ever and guide us to unending friendship," added another student.
Valentine's Day is a new concept in Bangladesh which has been embraced by the increasingly Westernised youth but frowned upon by their elders. There are more private television channels who are also showing more liberal type of shows targeted to this young Bangladesh citizens with Valentine theme type programmes.
However, not everyone is happy, one of the Islamic Scholars condemns this and says: "Valentine's Day is alien to our tradition and culture, so it's celebration is not supported by most of Bangladeshis," ..."Love is a matter of privacy and should not be displayed in the public, in any form,"
I think Bangladesh youth are more influenced because of the web experience, they are getting more attracted to the Western Culture with blogging, networking sites. Valentine's day is not an harmful influence, so I hope they will show more tolerance in the future.
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