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Valentine's Day

US First lady Melania Trump is presented with a bouquet of flowers from Amani, 13, of Mombasa, Kenya, during her visit to the National Institutes of Health to see children at the Children's Inn in Bethesda, Md. and celebrate Valentine's Day. Amani also presented the first lady with a necklace that matched his bracelet.

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A newlywed couple kisses as they pose for photos at one of several free sets for newlyweds to take cell phone photos of themselves following a mass wedding ceremony in Mexico City on Valentine's Day.

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Couples kiss during a mass wedding ceremony in Mexico City on Valentine's Day. Hundreds of couples of all ages, many accompanied by their children, gathered to legally tie the knot in a mass ceremony in the capital's Venustiano Carranza borough.

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Students affirm their love and bonding with rickshaw pullers, who ferry them everyday, by reversing roles on Valentine's Day, in Kolkata.

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Youngsters celebrate Valentine’s Day at Ridge, in Shimla

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Students pose with a banner during a climate change protest in Brussels. Thousands of teenagers in Belgium have skipped school for the sith week in a row in an attempt to push authorities into providing better protection for the world's climate.

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NSS volunteers perform worship of grand-parents and senior citizens to celebrate Valentine's Day in a different way, in Pune

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A street vendor sells flowers to a customer in a passing vehicle on Valentines Day in Hyderabad.

AP Photo /Mahesh Kumar A.

Activists of India's right-winged Bajrang Dal shout slogans as they prepare to burn an effigy symbolizing Valentine's Day during a protest in Hyderabad.

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A Bajrang Dal ­protest against Valentine’s Day

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A man kneels in front of a girl on the Bridge of Love in Kiev, Ukraine, on St. Valentine's Day Wednesday.

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Students of Punjab University rally to condemn the Valentine celebration, in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan's media regulatory authority, acting on a court order, instructed on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 that all news channels, radio stations and print media to refrain from promoting Valentine's Day.

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A vendor sells photos of gods and Valentines Day gifts at his make shift shop near the Umananda, a river island in the Brahmaputra that houses a Shiva temple, during Shivratri festival in Gauhati.

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Activists of Bajrang Dal burn an effigy symbolizing the Valentine's Day during a protest in Hyderabad.

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Artists prepare a heart-shaped thermocol installation, on the eve of Valentine's Day, in Kolkata.

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An Afghan woman holds a bouquet of roses as she leaves a flower shop on Valentine's Day in Kabul.

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Members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) shout slogans during a protest against Valentine's Day celebrations, in Patna.

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An Afghan woman holds a bouquet of roses as she leaves a flower shop on Valentine's Day in Kabul.

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A youngster browses through items in a gift shop ahead of Valentine's Day in Bengaluru.

PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak

LED light roses are lit up at the “Light Rose Garden”, against the backdrop of Central, the business district. “Light Rose Garden" originated from South Korea, and is an art installation project featuring 25,000 white roses made of LED lights for Valentine’s Day.

AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Brides and grooms at a mass marriage function in Kolkata on the ocassion of Valentines day.

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A girl displays posters " Muslims forbidden to celebrate Valentine's Day" during a protest against Valentine's Day in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Students display a banner during a protest against Valentine's Day in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia. Dozens of students staged the protest calling on Muslims to avoid the celebration of the western holiday, saying that it's against Islamic teachings and could lead to forbidden sexual relations.

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An African penguin bites onto a heart shaped valentine handed out by biologist II Amy Walters at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The valentines will be used as nesting material.

AP Photo/ Jeff Chiu

Crowd of AAP supporters at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's swearing-in ceremony at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/Shrish Shete

A man arranges the red balloons in a heart shape in a shop on Valentine's Day in Thane, Mumbai.

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Police take away one of the JNU students who were demonstrating outside the office of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha against their Valentine's Day diktat, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Vijay Verma

Delhi students protest against Hindu Mahasabha's forced marriage and 'Shuddhikaran' drive on Valentine Day.

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A flower vendor waits for customer as he sells roses on the Valentines Day in Hyderabad.

AP Photo/ Mahesh Kumar A.

Bajrang Dal activists burn an effigy symbolising the Valentine's Day during a protest in Hyderabad.

AP Photo/ Mahesh Kumar A.

Police detain activists of Bajrang Dal and VHP who were protesting against Valentine's Day celebrations in Jammu.

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People dance at Carter Road, Bandra in Mumbai as a part of One Billion Rising Movement, dedicated to the cause of violence against women to raise awareness for the cause.

PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar

People perform a traditional dance as they participate in an event to support the "One Billion Rising" global campaign in Bangalore.

AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi

Karen Agocs from Oregon, U.S., takes photographs of her painting as works by Indian artists are on display during an event organized to support the "One Billion Rising" global campaign in Bangalore.

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Activists perform a dance in an event to support "One Billion Rising" global campaign in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Palestinian women walk behind mannequins decorated for Valentine's Day, outside a shop in the West Bank city of Nablus.

AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh

Activists release balloons during an event to support "One Billion Rising" global campaign in Kolkata.

AP Photo/Bikas Das

Activists dance in an event to support "One Billion Rising" global campaign in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Activists and participants hold a sari with slogans written on it during an event to support the "One Billion Rising" global campaign in Kolkata.

AP Photo/Bikas Das

Veteran Bollywood actors and real life couple Ramesh and Seema Dev celebrate 'Valentine's Day' with special children in Thane.

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Shiv Sena activists protest against the Valentine's Day Celebration in Muradabad.

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Girls cheer as they take part in the "One Billion Rising" campaign on Valentine's Day in New Delhi.

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Girls dance as they take part in the "One Billion Rising" campaign on Valentine's Day in New Delhi. Thousands of women and children in various cities in the country danced in the streets, in malls and other places to express support for the One Billion Rising movement, a worldwide call to end violence against women and girls.

AP Photo/ Mustafa Quraishi

A woman wears a headband reading " Respect the woman" while taking part in the ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign on Valentine's Day in New Delhi. Thousands of women and children in various cities in the country danced in the streets, in malls and other places to express support for the One Billion Rising movement, a worldwide call to end violence against women and girls.

AP Photo/ Mustafa Quraishi

Ram Sena activists burn greeting cards during a protest against Valentine's Day celebrations in Jammu.

AP Photo/ Channi Anand

Ram Sena activists burn greeting cards during a protest against Valentine's Day celebrations in Jammu.

AP Photo/ Channi Anand

African penguin Howard carries a valentine heart written by a visitor to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

A police officer films an activist of the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, or Daughters of the Nation, enter a hotel to conduct a raid against Valentine's Day celebrations, in Srinagar. Supporters of the Islamic separatist women's group on marched through the streets of Srinagar and raided hotels and restaurants to prevent young Muslim couples from meeting on Valentine's Day, an event denounced as "anti-Islamic" by the group.

AP Photo/Dar Yasin

Nontawat Jaroengsornsinpose left and his partner Thanakorn Sittiamthong, right, kiss on their way to winning the World's Longest Continuous Kiss contest with a new record of 50 hours 25 mins 01, in Pattaya, southeastern Thailand.

AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit

Yang Guang the panda attempts to lick a Valentines Day cake which was donated to Edinburgh Zoo's animal keepers by a local cakemaker. The four-tiered vanilla sponge is decorated in honour of Pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang. It features the black and white animals nestling together among bamboo and red hearts.

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Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan burn Valentines placards at a rally to condemn Valentines Day celebrations in Karachi, Pakistan.

AP Photo/Shakil Adil

Activists of women's wing of the BJP hold an effigy representing Valentine's Day during a protest against its celebrations in Hyderabad.

AP Photo/ Mahesh Kumar A.

A Thai man sits on a couch next to a Marilyn Monroe figure in a Pattaya shopping mall, Thailand, on Valentine's Day.

AP photo/ Sakchai Lalit

Activists of ABVP burn the greeting cards during a protest against Valentine's Day celebrations in Hyderabad.

AP Photo/ Mahesh Kumar A.

Laksana Tiranara, left, takes an energy drink while kissing her husband Akechai Tiranarat during the World's Longest Continuous Kiss Competition in Pattaya, southeastern Thailand. The event was held in an attempt to break the Guinness world record and to celebrate St. Valentine's Day.

AP Photo/ Sakchai Lalit

A woman police constable punishes a young couple as they were celebrating Valentines Day in Dhanbad.

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An activist of Shiv Sena pokes a knife into a placard with an anti-valentine's day message during a protest in Amritsar. Protests by groups like Shiv Sena which says it is defending traditional Indian values from Western promiscuity have become an annual event during Valentine's Day which falls on Feb.14.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Activists of right wing Shiv Sena burn a placard with an anti-valentine's day message during a protest in Amritsar. Protests by groups like Shiv Sena which says it is defending traditional Indian values from Western promiscuity have become an annual event during Valentine's Day which falls on Feb.14.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

A mother and her daughter sell heart-shaped items in Manila, Philippines ahead of Valentine's Day celebration.

AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

A woman looks at a 2 meters high and 3 meters long heel made of 60 kilograms of chocolate on display for the upcoming Valentine's Day at a department store in Seoul, South Korea.

AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man

A child beggar jubilates as she plays with balloons gifted by the activists of an NGO during an event to mark the Valentine's Day in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist

An old couple enjoying ride on a horse-cart on the occasion of Valentine's Day in Thane, Mumbai.

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A couple walks past a heart-shaped rose-bouquet as Valentine's Day is being celebrated in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist

A PETA activists, holding heart shaped placards and balloons, stage a demonstration asking people to love animals on the occasion of Valentine's Day in Mumbai.

PTI Photo/ Mitesh Bhuvad

Students burning greeting cards during a protest against the Valentine Day celebration at Nizam College in Hyderabad. With Aditya, grandson of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray taking over the Yuva Sena reins, the party, which once vociferously opposed Valentines' Day celebrations, has chosen to lie low on the issue, in a bid to woo young voters and avoid any controversy ahead of BMC polls.

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Shiv Sena activists rampage a shop selling Valentine gift and cards in protest against Valentine's Day in Amritsar.

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Girls selecting cards at a shop ahead of the Valentine Day in Karad, Maharashtra.

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Love Is In The Air: Valentine’s Day is an import we’ve made ours

Reuters (From Outlook, November 15, 2010)

Girls smile as they select flowers for Valentines Day at a wayside shop in Meerut.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

Wednesday 14 February
Supporters of the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, or Daughters of the Community, burn Valentine's Day cards during a protest in Srinagar. Kashmir's separatist women's group joined Hindu hardliners in other parts of the country to protest against Valentine's Day celebrations. Veiled Muslim women activists of the organisation along with men raided hotels and restaurants in Srinagar and burnt Valentine's Day cards to protest against what they said was blasphemous celebration and against the Islamic culture. Students Federation of India- the students wing of the CPI (M) also joined the anti- Valentine's Day protets this year saying "unsocial elements" will not be allowed to "distort" Indian values.

AP Photo/ Mukhtar Khan

Boys write a message with red coloured powder on snow to mark Valentine's Day in Shimla. Shimla witnessed heavy snowfall for the fourth consecutive day with the mercury staying below freezing point. About 7 cm of snow had been recorded during the past 24 hours and there seemed no early end to the spell yet.

AP Photo/Anil Dayal

Muslim women look at Valentine's Day cards at a shop, on the eve of Valentine's Day in Ahmedabad. Hardline Hindu groups like Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena have threatened to beat up young couples who exchange cards or gifts.

AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

Tuesday 14 February
A member of the Hindu Jagrana Vedike shouts slogans and burns a poster at a protest against Valentine's Day celebrations in Bangalore. Hardline Hindu groups held loud protests against Valentine's Day celebrations across India saying it was a foreign festival that has corrupted traditional values. While Shiv Sena activists in Varanasi took to the streets along with priests to conduct marriages of whosoever seen indulging in indecent activities, in Nagpur police arrested rowdy activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal who whisked away couples from parks. In Srinagar, about two dozen members of Dukhtaran-e-Milat went on rampage at the gift shops and burnt Valentine’s Day cards to protest against what they claim is "irreligious celebrations" in the wake of the cartoon row. Later, marking a first, perhaps because of the recent reverses his party has suffered, a much mellowed Bal Thackeray offered an unqualified apology to all women who had been harassed and humiliated by the Shiv Sainiks.

AP Photo/Gautam Singh

Shiv Sena activists burn a Valentine's Day card in New Delhi. The party followers chanted slogans against the growing western influence on Indian culture and asked young couples to stop celebrating Valentine's Day saying that it leads to the corruption of moral values and brings down the honour of women.

AP Photo/Saurabh Das

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