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This is How India is (Not) Celebrating Valentine's Day

There's much more to Valentine's Day than you think.

Anurag Verma | CNN-News18

Updated:February 14, 2018, 3:28 PM IST
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This is How India is (Not) Celebrating Valentine's Day
There's much more to Valentine's Day than you think.

Yes, it is that time of the year when couples get all mushy-gushy with each other, singles dodge their evening plans' question, and others mark "interested" in Facebook events declaring 'Pyaar ek dhoka hai'.

If you are hopelessly scrolling through your timeline, we have some great news for you. We have compiled a list of how Indians are (not) celebrating V-Day.

1) Twitter users who are single by choice or halaat came forward with some hilarious jokes.

2) Comedy collective All India Bakchod has organised an event to shout "Pyaar ek dhoka hai" in Mumbai

The event created by AIB soon resonated with many.aib

There were memes. A LOT of them.

That one by-stander friend to your love story :'( #pyaarekdhokahai A post shared by All India Bakchod (@allindiabakchod) on

Jokes aside, they are pretty damn serious. Here are all the deets in case you want to attend the event.

3) Gurgaon man offers "boyfriend on rent" services on Valentine’s Day

26-year-old Gurgaon-based entrepreneur Shakul Gupta is renting himself out and providing four “packages” from “holding hands” to “anything you want” on the V-day.

Needless to say, his offer went insanely viral on the platform with over 70k likes on his post.

4) Bajrang Dal warns to marry off couple celebrating Valentine's Day

No surprises here. Every year Bajrang Dal becomes hyperactive in imbibing Indian culture among young lovers.

The saffron outfit has approached pubs and club owners in Hyderabad’s upscale Banjara and Jubilee Hills, asking them not to plan any special events on Wednesday, as Valentine's Day is “a foreign culture”, Deccan Chronicle reported.

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While the group in Maharashtra's Nagpur has threatened that couple, who will be found celebrating Valentine's day in public will be married off immediately.

"If they have the right to celebrate Valentine's day than we have the right to save our culture. We will take pandits with us and if we find someone in the garden we will get them married immediately," Manish Moriya, member of Nagpur Bajrang Dal told Outlook India.

5) Lucknow University bars students from entering its campus on Valentine's Day

On Feb 10, Lucknow University issued circular telling students not to wander inside its premises on Valentine’s Day, ANI reported. The university said that disciplinary action would be taken against those who violate the directive.

6) Shiv Sena conducts "lathi puja," says will use sticks against lovers on Valentine’s Day

On Sunday, Shiv Sena conducted a “stick puja” in Muzaffarnagar city and said that the weapons would be used to “teach a lesson” to couples on Valentine’s Day, TOI reported. “Our workers will visit restaurants and hotels and conduct checks. We have also warned owners of such establishments not to organize Valentine’s Day events. There could be a risk of property damage, for which the owners themselves will be responsible,” said the party’s deputy head for Uttar Pradesh Lalit Mohan Sharma to TOI. Lokesh Saini, member of the party, said that Valentine’s Day increases the occurrence of love jihad. “Celebration of Valentine’s Day increases the occurrence of love jihad. This is not our culture. Our people will be deployed in parks and schools. If we find someone in an objectionable position, we will teach him a lesson.”

7) Bajrang Dal chases away couples at Ahmedabad's Sabarmati riverfront

Bajrang Dal thugs ran amok on the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad on Valentine’s Day scaring away young couples. Carrying sticks and shouting slogans like “Jai Shri Ram”, about two dozen activists of the Bajrang Dal came to the riverfront road on motorcycles and began chasing young couples who were standing or sitting along the road. Ahmedabad-Bajrang-dal-protest01 The scared youngsters were seen scampering to safety as fast as they could. A few Bajrang Dal men even walked down to the walkway of the riverfront and began chasing away couples from there as well.

And if all of that made you boil in anger, here are a bunch of jokes to cool it all down.

Like they say, make love not war.

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