Roses are red and often given on Valentine’s Day. However, in the
kingdom of Saudi Arabia- red is dead. The kingdom’s morality police
banned all things red – roses, hearts and teddy bears – during the week of the Valentine’s holiday. Saudi authorities label Valentine’s
Day celebrations as un-Islamic. The Saudi government, like Iran imposes a strict Islamic code on its people that forbids contact between unmarried men and women. As the people of Saudi Arabia resorted to the black market to express their love in red, Iranians embraced Valentine’s the popular way.