Valentines Day, or the "Feast of Love" in Arabic, is taken very seriously in Saudi Arabia. This Reuters
dispatch, filed under "Oddly Enough," is more than amusing: "Saudi Arabias morality police are on the scent of illicit red roses as part of a clampdown on would-be St Valentines lovers in the strict Muslim kingdom. The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Saudi Arabias powerful religious vigilantes, have banned shops from selling any red flowers in the run-up to February 14." Naturally, things dont work exactly the way the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue would like. Red roses are available, but at twice the normal cost. And, as one florist said, "Its the Saudi women who want these roses anyway." Id be tempted to send a red rose to Saudi woman, if I knew one.