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Kyrgyzstan has joined the list of “enemies of Valentine’s Day” this year. Tursunbai Bakir Uulu, a member of Kyrgyz parliament (who has been calling for a ban on Valentine’s Day for several years now), recently called February 14 a “holiday from the devil.” The authorities in the southern city of Osh have banned the observance of Valentine’s Day in schools, arguing that the “holiday of love is a bad influence on children’s morality.” Education officials have suggested that schoolchildren should instead observe the Family Day on February 15.

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