These People Hate Valentine’s Day Way More Than You

Published February 13, 2015
Updated February 27, 2018
Indian Women Protest Valentine's Day

These Indian women make their distaste for Valentine’s Day perfectly clear. Source: ArtNaz

With its overabundance of candy, chocolates, teddy bears and pink everything, it’s easy for people–single or in a relationship–to get pretty cynical about Valentine’s Day and the commodification of intimacy and affection.

But to some, Valentine’s Day brings out more than pure cynicism. Behind the hearts and flowers stands the West, intent on imposing its culture around the world and in whatever way possible.

For example, right-wing religious groups in India view Valentine’s Day as a Western holiday that directly opposes the Hindu way of life. Muslims, too, can find the holiday off-putting, immoral and an encroachment of Western values. Believe it or not, this difference in opinion makes for some pretty intense Valentine’s Day protests.

Protests in Pakistan

In Pakistan, Valentine’s Day is a hotly debated topic. Source: NaijaGists

Pakistan Islamists Against V-Day

Pakistani Islamists have protested Valentine’s Day for years, saying that the Western holiday spreads immodesty around the world. Source: Codewit World News

Muslim Women Protests Valentine's Day

Muslim women gather at an anti-Valentine’s Day Campaign. Source: Quartz

Protests in Japan

A Japanese group called Kakuhido (roughly translated to mean the Revolutionary Alliance of Men that Women Find Unattractive) has promised to protest against Valentine’s Day and the “oppressive chocolate capitalists.” In this picture from 2012, a member wears a shirt that says, “Sex is Pointless.” Source: Telegraph

Turkish Protests on Valentine's Day

Women gather together in Turkey to protest Valentine’s Day. Source: ArtNaz

Indian Woman Protests Valentine's Day

These Hindu women feel that Valentine’s Day is a cultural invasion on their way of life. Source: PopSugar

Shri Ram Sena Valentine's Day Protest

Members of Shri Ram Sena (SRS), a group known for their protection of Hindu Dharma, burn an effigy of young lovers to protest Valentine’s Day. Source: Enarada

Indonesian Valentine's Day Protests

High school students protest Valentine’s Day in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Source: Reclaim Our Republic

Protesting Gay Marriage on Valentine's Day

A same-sex couple sits connected at the neck by two bicycle locks. The women are protesting for same-sex marriage licenses in New Mexico. Source: Albuquerque Journal

Valentine's Day Protest Gets Violent

Last year, a clash between two student groups from Peshawar University turned ugly. Activists from Islami Jamiat Tulba (IJT) got into a heated argument with members of the Pakhtun Students Federation (PSF), who were celebrating Valentine’s Day. When police showed up to handle the fighting, students opened fire on them, and then set the place on fire. Source: The Nation

Haya Day on Valentine's Day

To combat Valentine’s day, a group of Pakistani youth created Haya Day, the day of modesty. Haya Day conveniently falls on February 14th. Source: Jihad Watch

Hindu Protests Against Valentine's Day

Right-wing Hindu activists destroy Valentine’s Day-related products to preserve the Hindu way of life. Source: CARI

Canada Protests Sexual Violence

On Valentine’s Day in 2013, Canadians gathered in Victoria Square to protest against sexual violence. Source: Montreal Gazette

Burned Greeting Cards Valentine's Day Protest

Activists in Bhopal, India burn greeting cards to protest Valentine’s Day. Source: International Business Times

Kiri Picone
Bay Area transplant Kiri Picone is a writer and marketer who loves bizarre news and the color purple.