After the collapse of the Taliban regime, Afghanistan’s people gradually start to celebrate many events, Valentine is one of those.
I remember the first time I heard the word “valentine” from TV, bought by my father shortly after the US Jets started to fly over my country’s sky.I was in my village on that time Then I came to kabul.
In kabul, When valentine gets closer, I noticed that The stores begin to import the Valentine’s Day stuffs, like jewelry which is made especially for Valentine. The restaurants, especially in kabul city and many other Afghanistan’s big cities like Mazar-e-Sharif, start to offer services for youth, coming to celebrate their day.
Celebrating the events like international women’s day (8th March) day, human rights day (10th, December) and Valentine’s Day (14th February) are those international events or days which are chosen to be celebrated among Afghanistan’s people -specifically youths.
Today (the time of writing this article) is the February, 4th 2016 and it is Valentine’s Day. In Kabul city, actually this time the celebration of the Valentine’s Day was started yesterday, especially in the social networks like Facebook which is more common among Afghanistan’s young generation. Users were posting photos, indicating the Love, Valentine’s Day and togetherness.
Today, when I walk out of the house, I was seeing the sign of Valentine’s Day (celebration) through the streets, alleys and other places. The florist’s (s) were designed with Valentine gifts, cards ànd flowers as there were people who were walking around to choose a gift for their beloved. Some were boys and some other were girls, I like to say that boys were alone in the flower shop as girls were with their girlfriends…
These all were the positive side and (normal) points of Valentine’s Day celebration in my city, kabul and generally Afghanistan.
Now let’s take a look at the barriers, standing in the way of celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Afghans have their own practices, traditions and culture. In Afghanistan, after almost one and half decades since the collapse of the Taliban regime, still there are violence against women, traditions which are avoiding to celebrate events which is related to the West or celebrated by. Still there are practices which do not allow the girls to choose their own way of living and their life partner. Still there are cultural rules and regulations, avoiding the girls to go outside. And there are people who believe that the Valentine’s Day is for the Christians, and west.
A few days ago, before the celebration of valentine gets started on Facebook, there were and still are, people who condemned the celebration and those who celebrate the valentine.
Today, when I was outside, I saw many people who were not happy with the valentine. I was talking with a person who believed that the Valentine’s Day is being used by west, to weaken the faith of Muslim’s youths and mainly to weaken the Islamic culture, rules, regulations and root. I said to him that there are many couple who celebrate the event and they believe that the valentine is a day to strengthen their relationship and enjoy their togetherness. But he responded to me more harshly, he said “valentine is west’s tool to distract the Muslim’s attention from their own beliefs, cultures and practices to the west’s and Christian’s. Those youths, girls and boys who celebrate the valentine are not real Muslim. And the couple who celebrate the day, are not Muslim”. I asked him why by celebrating the valentine, youths become unreal Muslim and couples are fully considered as unbelievers?. He said “the couple are bigger than youth people, and they should not be weak in their faith, instead of this, they should persuade youths not to be weaken, against west’s cultural invasion”.
I am happy we both were just the passengers of the car, carrying us to our destinations, and having the road without its heavy traffic was another goodness.
Now you tell me, is the state of being happy, dangerous for human beings? Is The Being in love with someone is dreadful for the society or any culture? Do you know a person who was lover or beloved, performed suicide attack or exploded the city and drowned the children and innocent people into their red blood? After many years, have you figured out that the (root) or even a single Islamic rule got damaged or demolished by celebration of Valentine’s Day? NO! Everything is demolished by those who claim that they are real Muslim, suicide bombers are those who believe by performing the attack they will get the heaven’s key, those who are against the Valentine’s Day, are those who are against humanity and human rights. If they get power, they will not allow to celebrate the international women’s day, also. they will not allow us to vote, because they believe that democracy is also west’s tool, like Valentine.
My dear friends!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
To Those who are in love…
To those who aren’t but believe that the Valentine’s Day and the celebration of other events like this, are the only tools to make the world a better place. No war, no violence and no those rules and regulations which are the main cause of demolitions and unhappiness.
live your life lovely, enjoy your moments of togetherness and let the love express your life story.
Let the love ring.