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In pictures: Hearts, flowers and masks — Valentine s Day around the world

Annually February 14 marks Valentine s Day — the official day of love. Flowers, balloons and hearts in red and pink are the usual gifts shared on the occasion. This year, however, in the midst of the spread of coronavirus, masks also added the list of Valentine s Day gifts in some countries. Here, we take a look at Valentine s Day celebrations around the world. A shop offers a Valentine s Day flower arrangement, centre, which they called anti-nCoV bouquet in Alabang, metropolitan Manila, the Philippines on Thursday. — AP A girl arrives to school wearing a protective mask on Valentine s Day in Ayutthaya, outside Bangkok, Thailand on February 14. — Reuters A woman selling roses looks for customers on the eve of Valentine s Day in New Delhi. — AFP Women selling roses wait for customers on the eve of Valentine s Day in New Delhi on February 13. — AFP Special bouquets of flowers, including one with bottles of alcohol and an N95 mask, are sold in a flower market following confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country, a day before Valentines Day in Manila, Philippines on February 13. — Reuters Men stand underneath red balloons arranged to read in English LOVE as people shop for Valentine s gifts at a shopping mall in Iraq s northern city of Mosul on February 13. — AFP Love deposit boxes are seen in the Love Bank, an exhibition dedicated to the world s longest love poem Marina by Andrej Sladkovic, in Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia on February 12. — Reuters In Saudi Arabia s past, religious police once swooped down on rose sellers and anyone peddling red paraphernalia around Valentine s Day, but now a more open — albeit risky — dating culture is taking root. A picture taken on January 31 shows young Saudis gathering at the Riyadh Season Boulevard in the Saudi capital. — AFP Couples wait to sign their marriage certificates on Valentine s Day at the Bang-Rak district, translated as District of Love , in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday. — AP An elderly Palestinian walks past a shop decorated for Valentine s day in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on February 13. — AFP A Kuwaiti man holds a heart-shaped balloon outside a shop in Kuwait City on February 13 ahead of Valentine s Day. — AFP People pose for a selfie under heart-shaped balloons displayed on the eve of Valentine s Day in downtown Moscow on February 13. — AFP A man holds a bouquet of roses as he leaves a flower shop in Hangzhou in China s eastern Zhejiang province on February 14. — AFP A bouquet of roses being sold with a face mask is seen at a florist on Valentine s Day, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Shanghai, China on February 14, 2020. — Reuters Women hold a teddy bear as they pose for a photograph inside a flower shop on Valentine s Day in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday. — AP Valentine s Day was also observed in Pakistan with people both tweeting in support and against the occasion. While some in Pakistan celebrate it similarly to other countries, some see Valentine’s Day as a western concept which is contrary to the Islamic culture. A vendor prepares a flower bouquet at a roadside stall ahead of Valentine s Day in Karachi on February 13. A vendor prepares a flower bouquet at a roadside stall ahead of Valentine s Day in Karachi on February 13. — AFP Header photo: Vendors selling heart-shaped ballons wait for customers on Valentine s Day at a flower market in Manila on February 14. — AFP

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